On the weekend of the 13/14th of January I took Twitch and Vader to the USDAA Tournament-only trial at Daisy Peel’s place. Couldn’t beat the view! Chilly mornings but the days warmed up and were stunning for January.
Twitch tried Team for the first time pairing with Heather and Navarre. He did so well! So proud of the little guy. He has been there before but not for competition. He ran well for me and had lots of Qs and gave me a lot of himself. Very pleased with him.
Vader and I did Team with April/Josie and Molly/Moxie. Vader was a rock star! He got lots of points and ran very well. We also tried Grand Prix for the first time. We didn’t Q due to a refusal or two but that is ok. All the rest of his runs were really fantastic. He got first place in Steeplechase and won $10! He did very well in a new place on the nice turf there.
This past weekend I took Twitch and Vader to the Turner barn for a CPE trial hosted by Fleet Feet. Vader ran a full weekend and Twitch ran two runs each day. My goal with Twitch is to have happy runs. Q or no Q, just happy. I think we definitely achieved that!
He ran Jackpot and Standard on Saturday. We did not get the Jackpot because of an extra jump but he was fast and happy! So good to see and run! Standard was lovely, no complaints and it was a nice run.
Sunday was Fullhouse and Standard again. No complaints in Fullhouse though his serpentines need some work. Standard we had an off course tunnel, need to work those threadles more, but the rest was great!
Saturday was Jackpot, Standard, Colors and Wildcard. Jackpot was a Q but it wasn’t pretty! We had some baby dog moments and some handler lack of handling, which resulted in many giggles from me.
Standard was great! I was late on a blind and he barked at me but was just fine otherwise.
Colors was fine though I over compensated a couple times.
Wildcard was great too.
We did Fullhouse, Standard, Snooker and Jumpers. All but Jumpers went just fine. Jumpers was a bit of a cluster. Lol I over corrected or didn’t show the line well enough and he almost took an off course tunnel. He also at another point, tried to jump onto the top of a tunnel! Oi vey!
Overall a good weekend. I figured out the ramp and car situation which is great. Love lots of things about the new car and this was its first trial test.
Next up, December 30 at Fun Fur Paws in Mt Vernon, WA!
We don’t get Trick or Treaters at our new place so yeah, I practiced on Halloween. 🙂
I had my first mammogram that night at 6pm so didn’t have a ton of time. I wanted usto work the running aframe stuff so that’s what we did. He is doing ok. We had some No Reward events but I don’t think he has it yet. Still at the stage of working on movement.
We also did a few weaves and he nailed a tricky entrance. 🙂
Vader and I did AKC this weekend at the Salem Fairgrounds. The Shetland Sheepdog Club was hosting this one. Since it was in our backyard so to speak, I decided to enter.
Saturday the weather was super windy and off and on rain. The parking lot there is a mud pit.
Despite all that, Vader Q’d in all three runs on Saturday! We did FAST, JWW (Jumpers with Weaves) and Standard, all Novice level. His FAST and JWW Q’s meant we moved to Open for Sunday. He was perfect all weekend. Courses were open and flowing and really easy. We were definitely the “ringer” in Novice.
Sunday was just as much fun! We Q’d in all 3 runs with perfect runs. His weaves were amazing, his following me and responding to my cues was phenomenal. So pleased with our teamwork. He is so much easier to run because he actually runs! His JWW run today was a 4.83 yps run! Saturday was 5.31 yps!
This was my second ever AKC trial. I have to admit the atmosphere is different. At USDAA it was always the same people volunteering but they were always there, ready to go. At this trial there was a lot of asking. A lot of loud cajoling to get people to help and volunteer. It’s too bad really because the folks that do volunteer and do a lot of the work? They are going to get burned out on it.
Anyway we might do more AKC in the future, who knows?!
Today we worked weave poles with me way ahead. We also worked straight lines of jumps with speed.
Vader had some trouble with weaves when I led out past the poles. He eventually got them and was good. Then I led out further and beat him to the magic box. He popped the poles if I touched the box before he finished. We tried again and he was successful the second time.
Twitch had a tougher time with the poles and harder footing since Vader had made divets in the field. I should have packed them down first. He figured out his footing though. Its good for him to have that because it will build his desire to stay in and finish. I hope!
The straight line was interesting. I set the magic box at the end and for Vader the first run through he took out two bars. Not sure why as I was running the line myself. I wonder if he had a hard time judging his distance and took off too early. Each run after that was good and he didn’t knock any bars.
Twitch did just fine at the straight line. I can still beat him even after a send to the tunnel so I don’t think he is running full out but he is fast. I should try to time them some time.
I also worked some wraps around a standard with both dogs. I want them to drive out of the turns and I’m not sure how to get that yet. Twitch needs more work on Push and the threadle cue to the back of a jump. Vader did better than Twitch but could use more work too.
Overall a good practice!