Friday, August 9, 2013
Hearts On The Line
Trophy's first agility trial is in the books.
I could not be more proud of my boy.
The opening in Nov JWW sucked. Two jumps into a very tricky weave entry right next to an off course jump. After that it was smooth sailing... but on top of my first show nerves, I had tricky sequence nerves and Trophy read me like a book and missed the weave entry, but thankfully did not take the off course so we corrected and sailed through the rest. He looked to take a second off course, but turned to my call and we finished perfectly.
Q and First Place in Novice A JWW!
I cried. Cause I'm a sap like that and this dog is my world. :)
My agility instructor gave me the best compliment of my dog handling life, and I owe her for everything I've accomplished with my boy in this sport thus far (which isn't much, yet, lol.)
long wait before our standard run. Watched an awesome Master/Excellent JWW course most of the day.
Finally time for Trophy's Standard run. I had a plan in my head and as I'm trying to execute it during the walk through and seeing all these other people running the course to babysit their dogs (which was necessary for some of them, watching the runs) I just shook my head at myself for the breif second I thought "should I dumb this down?" and ran the opening like it was a much more difficult course in class. I worked my contacts to get into position, I used distance and the fact my dog knows his job in the tunnel to do a really pretty front cross over a jump to prevent an off course up the A-frame and take the teeter instead.
Q and Second Place in Novice A Standard!
We had our issues which cost us the first place.... like stopping on top of the A-frame, walking off his dog walk contact to sniff at the rubber pellets, and a very almost off course back into the tunnel....
But there was SO much more there I am absolutely beaming over. Like his weave entrance. His A-frame contact once he came down from the top. And god I am still beaming over the broad jump, tunnel, front cross on the landing of the double I mentioned earlier. I was the scariest and most rewarding thing Trophy and I have ever done together.
I love this dog.