Kristi- I will say that her rate of reinforcement needs to be hire. My last instructor really pushed tugging as a reward. I do think I made good progress with Pimg in this regard. However, I recently got a DVD about motivation in agility and the DVD speaks about a "courtesy tug" which is basically the dog saying, "yeah, yeah. I'll tug this. But the second I think I'm going to get a treat- I'm outting this stupid thing!" I dawned on me that Pimg is just like that in class. I just don't think the tug was motivating enough. But she practically bites my fingers off when I try to give her treats! So yeah, I've moved to just treats. Now I need to start carrying some in my pockets though so that I can reward more on the field.
Anyway, it's interesting because at home, in my backyard, she is HIGHLY motivated by one specific tug toy-- the toy that's not allowed inside (because it's freakin' disgusting, covered in mud and such). So when I practice at home, I normally use that tug. Odd, I know...
I also wanted to mention that since getting her Addison's in check, she's actually really started to blossom in agility. I think she's finding more self reinforcement in it, which is great! That is certainly helping things as well!
C-ATCH Pimg - DOB: 2/06, RATO, UJJ (x2), DJA, HIT, CA, CGC, High in Games, Reserve High in Standard- CPE Nationals 2014
RATCHX High Jinks vom Neuanfang - DOB 9/12 (Gotchya Day: 1/23/2013) CA, agility superstar in training