Today Twitch, Vader and I trekked up to Longview, WA for a CPE games only trial put on by the Columbia Agility Team. I signed Twitch up for 4 runs out of 5 and Vader for all 5.
Twitch ran really well for me. I am pleased with how he did. He managed a couple firsts and seconds with Qs in all runs. We did Jumpers, Colors, Snooker and Wildcard, all Level 5 as a Veteran. I ran the same way with him as I did with Vader in all runs and he had tighter turns than Vader on some courses but was overall a few seconds slower every time. It was neat to be able to compare some of the times with each other since I was running the same course in the same way for each dog.
Jumpers was first and the only difference is I didn’t trust Vader for the second jump as much and ended up rear crossing the serpentine versus a blind like with Twitch. I ran the same course in Snooker for both dogs and neither dog heeded my “push” cue for the backside of the 7b jump. Both started towards the table. I managed to get their attentions and we did fine after that. No video of any runs which is a bummer.
Vader also ran Fullhouse at the end of the day. I planned a super fast flowing circle of fun for us. We needed 25 points to Q and we had 30 seconds to do it in. We got 47 points in 27 seconds. 🙂 It was a lot of fun and we flew! I ran as fast as I could and I’m sure it would not have looked that fast on video. 🙂 I was really puffing after that run. But man it was fun. He read my decel in the two places I put it and got every obstacle we ran past. It was so awesome!
Vader’s Snooker Q was Level 3 so we are finished with all Level 3 now!
Tomorrow we do AKC in Ridgefield!
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 got it! We got that last Standard Q!
It was super stressful because on Saturday he tore an ear before we even got fully setup! Somehow in the field, either on the fence being a dick to another dog or on a thorn. So he went home for the day to make sure it clotted and stopped bleeding. Then that night his eyelid got scraped and he had a bloody eye! Sheesh!
He rallied and on Sunday ran his little heart out for me. Poor guy has to have a crappy handler and we had a bobble in the middle but otherwise it was a really nice run!
Sun Standard C-ATCH
Vader had a great weekend too! Six runs and six Qs. It’s is so much fun to run a dog that enjoys the game. 🙂
This weekend Twitch and I went to a new trial site over in Monmouth. The barn is small but that actually creates a quiet atmosphere because people can’t crate in the building. Twitch ran really well on Saturday.
We did Fullhouse first and he was running fast and furious! The way I like us to run together. 🙂 We got the most points for 12 inch dogs in Level 5, the highest level so we got first place! So proud of him with his speed! He did not get the weave entrance I set up for him but I asked him to do it again and he did it great. His other weaves throughout the day were really great!
Next up was Jackpot which didn’t go as well. He refused the Aframe and I was beginning to get frustrated, so I took a deep breathe and knowing at that point we weren’t going to qualify, I revved him up by grabbing at his neck in a playful manor, and he zoomed up and over the Aframe and we went to the table. Not a great run but we finished high and fast. It is interesting to me that it’s the Aframe that he refuses the most.
Next up was Colors. He was super fast and spot on in Colors too and we pulled off a first place in 12 inch dogs for Level 5. So fastest dog with no faults! Go Twitch!
Last was Snooker. I love Snooker. I think it’s a fun game. We again pulled off the most points to get first place in 12 inch dogs for Level 5! So proud of the little man today! We did have one bobble in Snooker where I must not have supported a jump well enough because he went around it. He disconnected from me and it took a minute to get him back, but once I did he did great.
I forgot to update this post for Sunday. We had a good day that day too. We Q’d in 3 of 4 runs again with two thirds and a second. First up was traditional Jackpot which we did not Q in but he ran fast through the opening. No complaints!
Next was Wildcard and we pulled out a fast and fun run but one bobble that cost us some time.
Then we did Snooker. We were beat by two point but we made it all the way through the finish!
Jumpers was last and the little guy was slowing down. He gave me a good run and another Q.
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Twitch and I went to CAT’s CPE trial in Ridgefield last weekend. We signed up for 10 runs and ran 9. I knew 10 was a lot but wanted to see how we would do. The weather warmed up for us on Sunday which Twitch didn’t care for and neither did I! I’m becoming a wuss in the heat!
Back to agility. We had 2 Standard runs on Saturday with Fullhouse, Jackpot and Wildcard. We got Qs in Wildcard and Fullhouse. Standard we had some weave issues. Jackpot was a distance gamble and we didn’t get it.
Sunday we ran 1 Standard, Jackpot, Snooker and Colors. We were signed up for Jumpers but we scratched because it was hot and he was not running well. We Qd in Jackpot (non-traditional), Colors and Snooker. An off course tunnel bit is in Standard.
Overall Twitch ran well on Saturday and early Sunday. He was fast and happy and that is what I’m shooting for these days. He was pretty pokey on Sunday except for our first run which is why we pulled from Jumpers.
We struggle with the weaves so I need to work on that.
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