The Story of two Agility Dogs and Their Very Novice Handler(s)
Monday, October 4, 2010
1 Day Trial
We were out of town at a wedding this weekend, but did make it back for one day. Apparently the judge we had was not well liked--her courses were extremely hard. Her Q rate was very, very low (for example, in GP, ZERO dogs Qd!). Many of the courses were masters level courses where just one or two jumps were angled slightly differently for advanced or starters.
We didn't have high hopes after hearing that, but we had a good day!
Advanced Gamblers: Really tough. The gamble was tunnel, weaves, and jump. The tunnel puts the dog out facing the opposite way of the weaves. Bentley came out and had to find DH, and that was all she wrote. If the tunnel had been facing the weaves, we MAY have had a chance...but that still would have been iffy.
Masters Snooker: Awesome run! It was Bentley's first Masters Snooker run, and he Qd! Kudos to DH for thinking on his feet a couple times where Bentley had a different plan, but he did really well. This Q ended up being a Super Q, so we were especially proud.
Masters Jumpers: FINALLY--we Qd! Bentley did really well..and get this..I thought on my feet! That NEVER happens. I was planning a FC at one point (around 21 seconds), and did a RC instead. Sounds silly, but I was proud. He did break his stay, which has honestly never happened...but he was amped up all day. He barked at me before we went on the course, and he never does that! I just hope that I can keep this going...he really listened well. I think I need to be clearer when giving him instructions. There are some times where I don't like my handling.
Advanced Standard: I felt like this was really a Masters level course. They angled one jump about 6 inches differently from the Masters course. So naturally, it was a train wreck. I though the lead out pivot would help him get his entry (saw several dogs miss), but he still missed the first pole. Bentley missed several of my FC, and he shot out of the tunnel the second time and went right for the table. I called him off, but he then missed the tire. He also refused the table...which was odd. He did that in our run-through the other day, but I just assumed it was a fluke. we definitely need to work that. And, sad news, he missed his dogwalk contact. The judge didn't call it, but it wasn't even close. I don't know how to get him to translate his performance in practice to a trial. I don't know if I didn't slow down enough, or if he was really amped up, or what (probably both). More work to be done here.