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Old 03-25-2015, 09:06 PM
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Baby dog's first time on our teeter at home!

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Baby dog's first time on our teeter at home!

He looks super confident! : )
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Old 03-25-2015, 09:23 PM
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He looks super confident! : )
He is so confident and just loves objects that move -- he'll RUN to wobble boards and he plays on the skateboard if it's on the floor so the teeter moving is nothing to him! He's been playing on little tiny teeters since he was able to walk haha

I don't necessarily wanting him to doing 2o2o on the teeter (we'll do 4 on) but he was offering it and I let him for now.
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Old 03-25-2015, 09:32 PM
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YAY Pox!!! And YAY Crossbone (from your earlier post!!!)

Jari just had an awesome night at run throughs (instructor is away at Nationals so she set courses and had a "free for all" night of run throughs LOL). He did the weaves ALL OF THEM multiple times with speed and happiness. Hopefully all the work we've been doing retraining them is working. I also only did easy entries with him on the course to continue to rebuild his confidence. But the rest of the coursework we've been doing is all Masters level so we're getting there!!!!!!
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Well, took P and Georgie out to breeder's house for some practice. Nothing big today, just want to get them on her equipment and used to the idea of working out there. Georgie did some nice work but was unsurprisingly terrible at the weaves. Have a few ideas on her, we'll see if we can work it out.

Payton was balls to the wall awesome, bangin' weaves and great contacts and some beautiful jump work too. Which is actually disappointing because I was hoping to get some work in and teach him "look, weaves here, weaves there, ALL WEAVES THE SAME. DO WEAVES." But he obviously "knew" it was just practice. Sigh. On the upside, at least she saw him run like he is supposed to. PROOF MY DOG IS ACTUALLY NOT TERRIBLE. SOMEBODY ELSE SAW IT.
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Old 03-28-2015, 06:04 PM
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I love how confident he looks! It's a refreshing change from some baby dog teeter videos I've seen lately.

Gusto and I had a great seminar yesterday, although he was definitely flagging by the end of the day. I'm a touch worried about how well he will hold up over 2 days of camp in May, but we shall see. Hopefully he will have enough get-up-and-go to make it through the weekend!

We leave Thursday for our first big trial of the year, and I am so excited. He's just been amazing lately, and we are both reading each other better and just working better than we ever have as a team. It's a fairly distracting trial (indoors, two rings, and a huge glass wall with reflections), but he loves the footing and I have hope. If he is happy and fast and stays with me, we will sort the rest out later.

Meg's running 2 classes each day as well, and she's actually refused to let me go to barn practice without her the past few weeks, so she's actually been 'trained' a bit. Sometimes I have trouble finding that balance with her where she's happy training (because she generally doesn't want to anymore), but not so high at the trial that she has no obstacle focus. Not that she needs to get anything, but if I'm going to keep paying for her entries, it would be nice if occasionally she didn't pop out of the poles to play-bow and growl at me!
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And that is what I get for being excited and thinking life was going super for once...Gusto crashed a jump last night at practice (he got startled by something behind him right before taking off). He was a little hesitant about jumping again right after, although he cheerfully and quickly ran through tunnels and did the dog walk. He got over the jumping quickly as well, and had a spectacular course with some complicated handling and was just completely ON.

And now he's clearly sore today. Not lame to walk, but doesn't want to jump up on my lap or into the car. We got in for a chiro appointment, and it's just a muscle issue, but really? Great timing. The vet didn't think I had to write off the weekend - ice and aspirin for today and tomorrow, heat and Back On Track blanket after tomorrow, and see how he is. But it's a 4.5 hour drive each way. Almost $300 for the hotel room (which I don't pay if I don't go), $300 worth of entries (a loss at this point if I stay home).... Ugh. I am feeling very grumpy and sorry for myself right now.

I'm going to do my laundry and pack my car like I'm going to go. And see how he is tomorrow, I guess.

All complicated by the fact that he's on a team for Saturday, and it screws things up for others if he can't run.
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$300 worth of entries (a loss at this point if I stay home)....
They won't refund for injury with a vet note? I know some trials refund fully, and some keep an administrative fee but refund the majority. I'd be pretty ticked if a trial I entered wouldn't refund anything for an injury. After all, that's not something you have control over, and most trials have a wait list anyway so it's not like they'd lose money.

The team thing does make it a little messy. If it were my dog, I'd pull from the trial. It may be a minor muscle injury now, but if he's not healed up when he runs he could make it worse. Not what you want to hear, I know.
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They won't refund for injury with a vet note? I know some trials refund fully, and some keep an administrative fee but refund the majority. I'd be pretty ticked if a trial I entered wouldn't refund anything for an injury. After all, that's not something you have control over, and most trials have a wait list anyway so it's not like they'd lose money.
It's pretty hit or miss around here; the ones that do offer refunds tend to only do it up until a week or so before the trial. When he injured his shoulder two years ago, we had two weekends worth of entries already out. I just missed the refund date on one; the other never did send me the check (and I never bothered pursuing it because it was only one day of entries and minus the secretary fee - it was basically nothing). I run USDAA, so no entry limits, which means not wait list ever.

Staying home isn't bad advice, regardless of whether or not I want to hear it. I'm still waiting and seeing. The good thing is that Gusto is NOT a dog who would ever ignore the pain to run just because I ask him to, and his drive is never going to outweigh his good sense about his body. If he's hurting, he is going to make it very clear and not run. Given all the work I've done the past 18 months to deal with his stress issues over agility, I wouldn't ever ask him if he was hesitant. I'm not going to ruin that work for one trial.

Meg's entered a bit as well, although I won't make the drive just to run her if he is still really sore (no disrespect to Meg, she just doesn't need to). I'm trying to see if there is a chance that I could sub her for Gusto if we get down there and he doesn't seem 100% for team. I could also just skip Friday (team isn't until Sat) if he seems fine but I want to give him the extra day.

He's definitely more comfortable since getting home from the vet. He's jumped into my lap twice, and just took the long way (over the back rather than over the seat) into his usual spot on the back of my arm chair.
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