Not a great night in class tonight. The dogs were off last week since we were out of town, and they haven't done any work this week since it has been raining all week...tonight we had class and I ran Lexi the whole time. It went poorly. And it wasn't her fault.
I know that the sequences are meant to be challenging, but I can't help but feel like I am failing in my training. Lexi made multiple mistakes on every sequence, and they were all my fault.
I felt like no matter what I did, I couldn't get her to get it right until the 3rd try. I would accelerate to push her to a jump (that was out at an angle), and then from that jump to another with a forward send, but she wouldn't read it because of all the acceleration from the earlier push. But if I didn't accelerate, I'd miss the push to the first jump!
Or I'd have to accelerate to get ahead of her so she could read my deceleration, but then she would decelerate before the obstacle and miss it altogether. Everyone says that when running a fast dog, timing is critical, but I'm starting to feel like timing is impossible.
I'm feeling like I'll never get it right! I've been wanting a third dog, but really, I can't even handle the ones I have!