I'm so proud of Lucy! Agility pictures

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  1. CaliTerp07

    CaliTerp07 New Member

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    Saturday, we went to an agility run-through at a farm up in Maryland. It was our first experience in any trial-like setting. (She's only practiced at class and in my backyard until now).

    Background: My dog is a spaz. I adopted a VERY drivey, VERY hyper, VERY focus challenged dog. We had to do the first few classes on leash, because if I let her off, she'd chase the other dogs. She's 10000x better now, but is still drivey and loses her brain at times, so I was expecting her to kind of lose it at the run through.

    Anyway, I had this whole plan to ignore the obstacles and just work to keep her focus on me in the ring. I had my pockets stuffed with cheese, and my goal was to get her to do a jump and a tunnel in between moments of spaz attacks.

    When it was our turn, we entered the ring, I put her in a sit, and took off her leash. And she stayed. That's HUGE for her! We ended up running the WHOLE course, and other than popping out of the last weave and ducking the tire the first attempt, she did sooooooo well!

    These pictures aren't the greatest, but I don't care. I was giddy all day with excitement about how far she's come. My instructor was there with her dogs, and she said Lucy will be ready for trialing by the fall!!!

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    Siiiit....staaay....(Holy moly, she's doing it!)

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    OKAY! (I love how awkward my face is in all of these)

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    Flying through the weaves

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    Tire

    At the end of the run, the guy who was manning the gate said to me, "WOW! You guys are going to be serious competition when you get your confidence up. She is a fast dog!" :D

    Aaaaaand...I had a private lesson last night, and my instructor said that Lucy is one of the most naturally talented dogs she's ever seen come through her program. I know it's silly to be so proud of something I didn't have any control of, but oh my gosh, my heart swelled. Now I just have to fix the last few pieces (some more focus work, proofing weaves, collection on jumps (she wants to extend and run everything at a million miles an hour)).

    I have such a good doggy :) It's like agility was made for her. (If only it were made for me, too!)
     
  2. skKi

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    !!! I'm so excited for you guys, you both look so great running that course! Can't wait to hear more of Lucy's success. How long have you two been doing agility now?

    Cherish those pictures, I wish I had ANY pictures of me running with Pit, but that's the problem when you're usually the one that's behind the camera. :(
     
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    MericoX Roos, Poos, & a Wog!

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    Way to go Lucy!!!!
     
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    Yayyyyy! Lucy!
     
  5. Baxter'smybaby

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    way to go Lucy girl!
     
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    We started last January, so it's almost been a year and a half.

    I dragged my husband with me to man the camera :) I'm very grateful that he was willing to be my helper all day!

    I actually saw a lot of people trading video cameras with each other to record each other's runs. Is that something you could do? It wouldn't be quite up to your quality, but it'd be something ;)
     
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    Thanks!!!! She might as well have won her MACH for all I care :) She has come so much further than I ever thought possible.
     
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    drmom777 Bloody but Unbowed

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    You guys look great!
     
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    Yay for Lucy! That looks like it was a blast!
     
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    She looks like she's having so much fun!! Sounds like she's come a long way, too. That's great!
     
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    Well done to you both! It is such a huge leap from working in a "home" environment to getting out in the world. She clearly is handling it wonderfully!
     
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    AgilityPup Agility freak!

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    Congrats! :) I love when you can tell your dog is loving what they're doing, and she really looks like she's loving it!
     
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    You go girls, woot woot! :D

    You both look awesome!
     
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    Wow, that's awesome. I would be over the moon! :)
     
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    You both look great! Congratulations on having a good run-though trial! Hoping the real thing goes just as well for you :)
     
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    Cool. Fast dogs are the bestest :D Though they will force you to be a very good handler lol.

    Looking forward to seeing more agility pics from you! (and stories)
     
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    Aaaaaaand...agility is so humbling. Tonight at class she spazzed and ran circles around the equipment and went and visited other dogs. :D

    That'll teach me to brag!
     
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    Lucy loves agility! It's obvious. And she's smart enough to know when it's for real and when it's "just" a class. She's saving herself for the real deal!
     
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    Way to go Lucy!!!! It's something to see when they pull it all together. Sounds like your going to have a grand time with her.
     
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    Awesome job! Glad things went to well for you and Lucy! :D Nice pictures as well!
     

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