Practice 2017-10-31

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 AKC 2016-10-21


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?!

Vader’s USDAA Runs 2017-10-13

He still bounds around instead of running in my opinion. Very much a bouncy boy still. 🙂

Team Jumpers
https://youtu.be/mIlYr98XCrY
This was a good run. I totally didn’t see the off course jump and didnt do anything about it as a result. But he had a great weave pole entrance!

Team Snooker
https://youtu.be/pQjXmtc0o2M
Tied with 3 other dogs for most points and was second fastest dog! Go baby dog!

Team Standard
https://youtu.be/YdOlE1wk1YI
I am not sure why he didnt commit to that jump near the end but the rest was lovely! Lots of dogs got lost at the tunnel next to the aframe from both sides!

Team Gamblers
https://youtu.be/zmKUf5lD1Sc
Got a little greedy on points and missed the buzzer but he had never seen a wall jump and didn’t hesitate at all!

Team Relay
https://youtu.be/e4lYcZAwHMc
Good stuff here! Great stay and nice run!

Advanced Gamblers
https://youtu.be/MhXe-JcL-MU
I was sure we would have trouble with this gamble but baby dog pulled through!

Starters Standard
https://youtu.be/m5t4Wn3XM6Q
Lovely run. His weaves were great all weekend! Need to work that aframe contact a bit more. Not a fan of all the creeping I saw this weekend.

Starters Jumpers
https://youtu.be/s_I3z36RT9A
He was great on this run! They recorded our time wrong so we were not the second fastest dog, by a lot. Lol didn’t matter because that off course jump killed our Q anyway. Everything was good but you can really see the bouncy puppy in the beginning. 🙂

We placed second in Team on Friday  with April and Zippy and Libbi and Tosca. Two tournament Qs down for the baby dog just getting into Advanced!

First USDAA Team Event!

Tomorrow Vader and I try our hand at USDAA Team. We partner with two other handlers and their dogs to form a team. We are the Motley Crew. Libbi Peltz with Tosca and April Meyer with Zip. Our scores are added up over 4 classes, Standard, Gamblers, Jumpers and Snooker. Then we run a 3 person relay for final points.

The courses are judged at Masters level and have a bit of Masters and Master Challenge in them. We do great on courses like that in practice so it will be fun to see how we do in a trial. Vader needs another Starters Standard Q before we can move up to Advanced.

Sunday both Vader and Twitch will get to run Tunnelers! I can’t wait to see what Vader does with all tunnels! Lol

Practice 2017-10-10

I went out to the field tonight and played with the pups.

With Vader, we worked table performance on the Klimb platform. We worked sending to jumps and tunnels. We worked weaves where I was in front of them when he started. We worked on his aframe 2o2o with me moving laterally.

With Twitch we worked table performances, weave poles and his coming into me over a jump. As well as sends to the tunnel.

Table Work

Vader is good about getting up and lying down quickly but he needs more work coming out of a fast tunnel.

Twitch is good about collecting to get up but then doesnt do an auto down.

Weave Poles Handler Ahead

Both dogs had a little trouble with this but Vader more so. Need to work this more.

Sends to Tunnels

Both dogs are doing really well with this!

2o2o

Vader is doing great and he had some pretty fast into position spots tonight.

Twitch runs his aframe. I should work his more if I want him to do well in USDAA.