Finally a real post!
I've been crazy busy at work recently due to a high number of board and trains going on at the same time. Thankfully, they've all gone home now and life is returning to normal. Flyball has a new twice a month schedule that started last weekend, Demo is starting Agility in a few weeks, the flyball tournaments are already lining up, Qwill will be restarting Rally eventually, Trophy and Qwill will hopefully start volunteering as Therapy dogs (that deserves it's own post), and I some how need to reschedule Trophy's Agility Debut in the rest of the mess.
It's going to be a crazy year, that's for sure!
I want to start by talking about last week's flyball practice. We joined up with another Ohio team, F^2 (F squared, formally known as Frenzied Flyers). They have an amazing practice space with two full lanes with plenty of runback and lights. It was great fun. Since my dogs are the only young dogs on the team that won't be double running at our tournament in Euclid in 3 weeks I'm starting all 3 teams. I haven't started U-Fli in a long time, so it's going to be interesting and I was VERY glad for the practice with U-FLI timed lights.
Trophy is becoming a mystery for me in flyball. He's continuing to speed up (he was running 4.7's with nothing higher than a 5.0) yet his butt is not up on the box at all. I'm worried that he's going to injure his shoulders, but we're already signed up to run in Jan and again in Feb with a busy schedule ahead (tournaments already scheduled in March, April, June, and July we are considering). I know the only way to fix this is to pull him and practice good turns EVERY DAY until we have 3 million GOOD repetitions then return him to a tournament and pull him again if everything goes south, but we're so close to our next NAFA title that I'm being selfish and I don't want to pull him..
Trophy's got such a high sense of self preservation (if her hurts in agility, he stops performing for me) that I'm torn between thinking everything must be ok if he's continuing to run faster on his own (he's not a super fast dog to begin with, he's not hitting the box with that much force) and worrying that his turn is hurting him regardless of what else i think and somehow i'm just blind to it.
So I don't know what to do about him.
Demo's turn started out messy, but he settled down into it with the prop in. I'm worried about losing his turn since he *IS* a faster dog (although he was running mid-high 4's at practice, but he was sick for 3 weeks and he's probably out of top condition).
Pan, well, Pan just kicks butt at flyball. She's consistent has a good 3 footed turn, and I'm really proud of the job i did training her. :)
Well, back to real life, more updates coming soon!