Friday, January 4, 2008

Morning Star trial

Today I learned that I'm not one of those people (if there are such people) who love to flit back and forth between rings and dogs, trying not to miss walkthroughs and runs. Our morning was fine, but in the afternoon it got pretty hairy and for one of the courses I only had time to walkthrough - make that run through - once before having to run and grab a dog for another class. Also it was a long day that started too early and ended too late. Agility is not as fun when one is pooped out.

Advanced Team
Walter and his nice little JRT partner ran clean to clinch Walter's Advanced Games title! Also, it means that Walter Q'd in every Advanced Games course he ran. How, then, is it that it took us nine tries before he got his first Advanced Standard Q. :-)

Advanced Standard #1
The good news is he didn't fall for two potential contact traps that I was a bit apprehensive about. But, he got distracted for a moment and missed an easy tunnel entrance. Also, he hopped off the table before lying down.

Masters Snooker
This was his first event in the other ring so this is where it started to get hairy running in the different rings. I had designed a terribly nonflowing course for him which neither of us appreciated. It wasn't very fun and we got whistled off after the fourth red when he took another red. Frankly I was happy to be done with it and get back to the other ring so as not to miss his other run, Advanced Standard #2.

Advanced Standard #2
This is the course I had only had time to run through once. Strangely enough we ran it clean for a Q! It was a decent run unlike his first Advanced Standard Q which he got due to a fluke. So it took him nine tries to get his first Advanced Standard Q and four tries to get his second. It would be nice if this downward trend were to continue, but I won't be holding my breath. :-)

Steeplechase
Completely spur of the moment, I led out on him for the first time ever in a trial to help him get a tunnel/frame discrimination. Lo and behold, he held his sit-stay! Barked his high-pitched girly bark like the dickens, but held his stay. The run was slow overall and distracted at one point. It was a really technical Steeplechase and getting late in the day so we were both getting tired I think. He did get some nice lines though including a challenging weave entry.

Masters Jumpers
Last class of the day so I was feeling a bit energized. Walter was attentive and responsive and would have been clean except for succumbing to a chute trap.

In summary, it wasn't his Qyist trial, but he was 100% for all weaves and held 2o2o on all teeters and dogwalks.

Stats
Classes entered: 6 (Advanced Team, Advanced Standard 1 and 2, Masters Snooker, Steeplechase, Masters Jumpers)
Qs: 2 (Team and Standard)
Time/SCT: 57.73/71 (Adv Standard #2)
YPS: 3.0 (Adv Standard #2)
Title earned: Special Advanced Games Dog of Canada (SAGDC)

1 comment:

roxanne said...

Ha! I love the bark description when you led out. Thanks for the laugh.

Our big dog (Ginko) is like that. He has 2 voices -- baby boy and BIG boy.