Ups and Downs

On Sunday morning Twitch and I went to Argus Ranch for a USDAA TRIAL trial hosted by Red Hot Rovers. We just entered Gamblers because it was first of the day and then we could head home.

Twitch did very well in our run. He nailed a hard entry to the weaves and got the gamble! We messed up a slice to the Aframe but it’s ok.

Then in class on Tuesday night his first run he wouldn’t stop sniffing, so I carried him out. His second was better and third and fourth better still. I was trying to rev him up and it just wasn’t working! So frustrating.

This morning I wanted to work on his bow trick but he wouldn’t  stand. Grr.

However tonight he did really well at the park playing agility! He was a little slower than I would like but he was running well and got most of his weave entries!

I tell ya, agility is humbling!

Two Venues, One Weekend

This weekend Twitch and I competed in two different agility trials. K-9 Sports USDAA in Longview, WA and Fleet Feet CPE in Turner, OR.

The USDAA trial was outside on grass and the day turned out to be chilly and drizzly. Twitch loved it! I loved being outside with the room and space! Just wish I’d worn pants and a coat!

Our first run was Gamblers. I meant to send him through the tire over a jump then up the aframe. Instead he veered to the teeter so I had to adjust my plan but it worked out very well and we got the pinwheel gamble.

The second run was P2 Standard, our first go of it. I did not run it like I walked it. Oops. I started on the wrong side and then didn’t front cross before the aframe, so did after and then bobbled the weaves a bit. Coming out of the chute was not pretty since I meant to pull to the landing side of the next jump but instead ran to the take off side. We still managed to get over the right jump going the right direction. Then didn’t give a clear signal and pick up for the second to last jump but again salvaged it. Oi! We got that Q too.

Last run was Pairs. We ran with Nikki and Fancy. Twitch was a little growly when they came in for the handoff but refocused nicely. Aside from me momentarily forgetting the course, that run went pretty smooth.

Today was Fullhouse and Standard. He ran fast in Fullhouse accumulating 39 points (we needed 25) for a first place in Level 4. He did miss a tunnel but I didn’t cue any collection or come in to me over the jump preceding the tunnel, totally my fault.

Standard was a loopy course that was a lot of fun. We bobbled the weaves because again, I tried for a front cross and didn’t cue collection for that first pole well enough. The rest of the course was ok except for after the teeter where I forgot the course again.  We got back on track without too bad of a handling error and pulled in the 5th Q. 

Sheesh, not a good weekend for me handling wise!

Overall he did well and enjoyed himself. So proud of the little guy!!

Next Trials

Tomorrow we play USDAA in Longview Washington. It will be outside on grass so who knows how we will do. 

Saturday we stay local and go to Fleet Feet’s CPE trial. Just two runs first thing in the AM and then off to do other things.

We are registered for USDAA the 19th of July but just Gamblers. Gotta try to get those Gamblers and Pairs legs!

In August I am registered for one trial, CPE and then I’m going to do some kayaking and hiking. We will start again in September.

Agility Class

In agility class this past Tuesday Twitch and I had one of those runs that was technical and smooth where we both just clicked and my signals were clear. It was fantastic and what makes me keep wanting to improve our agility game together.  Those kinds of runs are so much fun!

I have been insisting on toy play this week interspersed with food rewards and his energy and play has been fantastic. I am really liking what I see.

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2015 Desert Sage Agility Camp

Camp was fun! Lots of good things learned and discovered in camp.

I learned that Twitch does ok camping in an RV and a tent. 

I learned that Twitch doesn’t bark at goats.

I learned that the Derrett handling system uses a lot of trained cues.

I learned about circle work which I think will help our heeling.

I learned that I can sleep in a tent on a mattress and be ok.

I learned I don’t like the high desert for more than a day.

I learned that the high desert has amazing stars!

I also learned that a light coat is not enough for hanging out after the sun goes down.

I learned that I use the word GO a lot in training.

I learned that I give up too easily with asking Twitch to play with toys and then switch to food.

I learned that I need to make start line stays way more fun somehow.

I learned that Twitch can do three days of agility.

Lots of good stuff.

Thursday night I got stuck on the pass at Hoodoo because of an accident. It put me two hours behind schedule and I arrived in the dark. The sunset was pretty though.

Our campsite for Friday and Saturday night.

Twitch got me up early but not usually till after the birds or sun.

Twitch was pretty tired at the end of each day.