Vader USDAA 2017-09-17

This weekend Vader and I ventured to a USDAA trial at Daisy Peel’s Clear Mind Agility place. It was a small trial and our ring was outside on very nice green grass! Yesterday was lovely weather and got only a little warm in the afternoon. Today was cooler and very windy but we got done before the rain hit!

Vader ran really really well this weekend! We had 4 runs each day.

Saturday was Starters Standard. He had trouble with the weave poles and after several attempts to get him to take them I aborted and so no Q. Everything else in the run was lovely!

Then came Advanced Gamblers. There was an opportunity to practice those weaves because they were coming up in the next course too. He ran by them the first time but I swung him back around all happy and we took the jump again and then he got them! Didn’t get the gamble but his weaves were lovely!

Then was Steeplechase. He went past the weaves on one of the passes through (had to do them twice) but the other time he nailed them. We did circle back around when he ran by and he got them on the second try. We were too slow by 2 seconds or something to Q but that’s ok.

Then was Advanced Snooker. It was a great run. No problems except for me not getting to position correctly so that was a Q.

Sunday we started with Starters Standard and he nailed the weaves on the first try! I bobbled a little but we pulled off a Q!

Second was Starters Pairs. We paired with Gadjet, a young BC. We both did great and Vader got to repeat those weaves!

Third was second round of Steeplechase. Started with jump weaves again and we were well versed by then and he did great!

Fourth and final run was Starters Jumpers. I often leave early and miss this run but since it was only noon, we stayed. We had one Q already and didn’t need more, but since we were there…. Vader had a lovely run and again, I bobbled a bit but still pulled out a Q!

We ended up getting second in our jump height for Steeplechase and Third overall in our height for Standard! I am very pleased with his runs and eagerness to play with me.

Kick In The Pants

It’s what I need. A kick in the pants to get my shit together, stop watching TV and start planning some actual training with my dogs.

Problem is that I am tired. All the time. I struggle at work lately to focus and get my brain going. I think about training all the time but I can’t put that into a training plan.

And that is what I need. A list of things to train. Agility class has been on break since June and while the time was well used on the patio, I have done very little to progress our training. Class begins again next week so maybe I will get my act together and start training again.

CPE CAT Ridgefield, WA 2017-08-26

Twitch, Vader, Kris and I went to an agility trial this past weekend hosted by CAT at the Ridgefield Fairgounds in WA.

Vader was 5 runs each day. Twitch 2 one day and 1 the second.

Twitch is only entered in Standard runs because that is what he needs for his C-ATCH. He got one on Saturday afternoon but not so much on the other two. An off course tunnel bit us. Oh well. Someday he will get that last Q.

Vader is doing really well! We had a couple bobbles but he was running fast and happy. If we could only get his weaves down pat, we would be in better shape. He had a couple nice ones but also missed one. 

We did 10 runs and got 9 Qs. The one non-Q was Snooker. I chose an agressive plan and it failed. I found myself blaming him for the bad run when it was really my fault. It always is. I wish I had a magic way to stop blaming the dog instead of my handling. A great weekend and I blamed him. Doesn’t make sense. I need to be very careful about that because I could shut him down with disappointment.

On another note it seems like Twitch is getting better about noises. We had the sprinkler guys come out and take a look at our system today. He barked a few times but I was able to call him over and calm him with pets. Also tonight he was alert to the fact that Kris was upstairs but he didn’t bark as much as he usually does. A symptom of a hot weekend? Or some progress? Let’s hope progress.


Someday my field will be awesome!

But this year will not see that day. I need a heavy rain or some serious watering to compact the sand and mulch, as well as probably some mixing. 

We bought a roller and I watered tonight and then rolled. The watered half was better but the dogs still run into loose footing on tight turns. The weave poles also create divets. I won’t water again until we get the backflow on the irrigation lines because then I can hook into that instead of using softened water. It’s just not worth it.

So we shall play on the dry stuff and see how it goes. I am really wishing i had bought used turf instead for out there. Skip the mulch and sand, save the $6000 and bought turf. Oh well, live and learn I guess.

Field of Troubles

So the mulch was blown in on Monday and the footing was too loose for the dogs and I to run on. So Tuesday we rented a roller to try and compact it.

First I drove the mower straight across the field and it seemed fine. So then we hooked up the roller and I drove across again. Both trips were diagonal across the field. That seemed ok so I started a looping path around the outside. The first turn found me stuck!! So I gave up on towing the roller and began pushing it by hand.

Kris was driving the mower on the diagonal while I was going side to side. He took over the rolling and I hopped on the mower. I made a pass on the diaganol and then tried to line up to go back and forth, forward and in reverse. But I got stuck! So I gave up on the mower and put ut away. 

I took over for Kris and finished the first pass of the whole field and then worked my way back again. Kris ordered a roller online because I think it will be handy to have for a while.

I’m going to try watering the mulch and then roll it a couple more times before we run on it again. It could use a little more compaction.

Really wishing I’d just gotten a large pile of dirt and spread that over the grass. Oh well.