Discussion in 'Dog Training Forum' started by Panzerotti, Feb 6, 2012.
Yay! What a great start!
LOL yes he did. He's kind of rough on the electronics!
Glad to hear your first trial went well!
Today was an E-free day! No eliminations handed out to us, hooray!
We only got 2/5 sets of weave poles throughout the day, but she stayed with me on every single run, and ran happily the whole time (except in weavers when I was an idjit and made her redo weaves multiple times...one day I'll learn). We Q'd 4/6 runs, even though it was blazing hot and my poor fluffy black dog was melting in the building with no AC.
First trial. First time running indoors. First time running on dirt. First time running anywhere other than our club. AND.....
Q2 by Summer_Papillon, on Flickr
Q by Summer_Papillon, on Flickr
What a good girl. .3 behind first place with a bobble on two tunnels. If she hadn't bobbled I think we would've gotten it. And all the other dogs in the class were new to USDAA but had been running AKC a while. Good girl.
Now I'm tired.
Congrats on all the successes today everyone!
Love the Q pics of Summer, Laur!
YAY! Congrats Summer and Cali!
I had to double take because I remembered this post and indeed we started under Ann. She was judging everything I was in today. Super super nice judge! I really enjoyed her. She also thanked all the volunteers after every height and would tell us how much she appreciated the help and had all the competitors clap for the volunteers.
Yeah really like her a lot and I overheard a lot of people talking about how much they liked her.
I am so, so happy for you and for your girls! A Q your first time out is amazing, and having both dogs run with you and stay with you all three runs is even more impressive!
I have friend who run Cavaliers, and often get stuck in the same position of running multiple dogs with very few spaces (or none) between them. One thing they do that works in most venues for them is to carry a small crate up by the ring so they can put one dog in and take the other out. No running back to the tent/RV, no handing dogs off to other people. I'm not sure it would work in every setting, or if your girls crate happily, but it's an idea.
That's actually what I decided to try out tomorrow. I didn't think of it at all today but I brought my two wire crates and then also my travel crates. I'm going to set up one of the travel crates and crate Summer then switch dogs. My dogs don't really crate quietly but there were lots of barking dogs down there today. See if that helps some.
Thanks! I'm really happy with my dogs. They're good girls.
Congrats! Glad to everyone had a good day Good luck tomorrow!
Congrats Cali and Lucy, and way to go Summer!!
One week to go for us. Weave pole drills are on tap for today.
Also we just about finished building my dog walk at my house. I need to put together the supports for the up and down planks and I want to run a few screws through the uprights to sink the board in more snug, but it's just about ready to go. One month before I need to have contacts on P... yikes.
Congrats Summer and Mia (Lauren too
Now you can breath, you not only survived your first trial but had a great judge and a wonderful time..........oh yeah and a Q
Here's a final recap of our first time out.
first trial by Summer_Papillon, on Flickr
Mia gamblers: 3rd (I didn't even check yesterday since I knew we didn't Q)
Summer gamblers: --
Summer jumpers: 2nd, Q
Mia gamblers: 3rd
Summer gamblers: 2nd, Q
Summer jumpers: --
Gamblers went phenomenal with both. Mia actually got the gamble but I positioned myself too far away when the buzzer went and we couldn't make it back in time. My fault. Summer's gamblers run was superb and pretty much flawless. We racked up a ton of points.
Jumpers started well but the second tunnel got us. My dogs both think highly curved tunnels are a bit scary. My trainer said afterwards that I got too far ahead of her and stopped at the tunnel and then she stopped. I tried again and again (shouldn't have) then ran past it. Then Summer had lost steam. I think it was just a lot. End of the day on the second day and she was pooped. I think if I hadn't botched the tunnel she wouldn't have lost speed though.
But they were happy and stayed with me the entire time. No freak outs or anything, no saying hi while they were working, no panic attacks. It was a good time but I am pooped. I worked most the time I was not running.
Congratulations! That is a fabulous first trial
I had a WAYTOOFAST brown Border my first time ..we didn't get any places, we didn't get any Qs& I think we left two jumps LOL!!
What good girlies!!
I think this week shall be a week of handling in circles. Today Payton was trying to cross in front of me. ??? That's a new one. WTF. I guess his forward drive is improving because he kept trying to cut in front of me to get to a jump off to the right. Great, Payton, just great. Invent a new bratty problem I have to try and fix less than a week before the trial. I think he's trying to figure out how he can make the biggest possible idiot out of me.
YAY! Congrats, Cali and Laurelin!
And I love Savvy. I really do. Roust and Whimsy look fantastic!
Kimma and I got her first QQ in Excellent today! Shame it won't count towards her MACH LOL. This was only her first time in Excellent JWW and her second time in Excellent Standard. We were in an indoor venue we've never been to before (I actually only entered very last minute because of that, and the president of the agility club hosting it told me there were still runs available).
She was a bit stressy and therefore slow, but she never stopped to sniff/roll (she LOVES rolling in turf LOL). I'm learning that until I can get her to run in trials the way she does at class/the place I teach classes at, I'm going to just start with her versus leading out. Seemed to definitely help today. Now we have a couple of months off from trialing to work on speed/confidence boosting. VERY proud of my girl!!!
Congrats to everyone! I love having so many people to root for on weekends when I don't get to go trialling. I always look forward to hearing how people did!
Now...who wants to road trip to Cynosport next year? I knew it was going to wind up being way out west, and I'm so bummed. I don't know if I could make myself fly with Gusto, and I also don't know if I could do a four day drive each way. I really wanted that to be my big goal for next year. Oh well. 2015, maybe.
:lol-sign: , that's awesome! Glad you had a fun judge, and congrats on a great first trial!
Well with only 12 weeks of 1 hour classes Diesel didn't totally suck at his first trial lol. He got 5 point in extreme games Gators and would have gotten something in numbered hoopers and jumpers if I hadn't screwed up. All in all it was a great weekend, a wonderful e learning experience and I can't wait to do more classes and attend more trials!
We're off to my house tonight to take video of all the Trkman foundation exercises I can manage. Since I'm STILL not moved into my house (and I don't even wanna talk about it) we haven't been able to do a lot of the things I wanted, including actually participating in the class I spent a lot of money to be a participant in. So I'm going to make a point of trying to video as much as possible and post it all to try and get some feedback in this, our final week of class. And at least get some of my money's worth, because right now I paid a TON of money for... a DVD and some additional tips and videos.