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.

Learn to be slow?

Is it possible for a dog to learn to run slower in soft footing and then never speed up again? Is this something I should be concerned about?

I am wondering because the field is very soft and I want Vader to run fast but he definitely slows down out there. He loses his footing often, as do I. I hope using the field when it’s not 100% yet doesn’t shoot me in the foot.

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!

https://youtu.be/mFbZpwz7-1s

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!

https://youtu.be/TkL8WQhLGc8

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.

All That and  a Bag of Tricks

or bag of toys and treats! On Wednesdays I take Vader to work and leave him in the van. On my breaks I go out and we walk and play games.

This past weekend it occurred to me that I could use the fenced and gates parking area for some off leash fun with him, so today we did that.

We walked around first on leash so I could verify the ground don’t have glass or screws/nails from the construction of the fence. Just gravel! So we worked on heeling, arounds, sits, and retrieves. It worked really well and we had a gorgeous day! I didn’t ask him to run too much on it because it is gravel but he didn’t seem hesitant at all. I will definitely use it again!

Vader and I are working on Rally tricks so we can get a Rally Novice title. Plus it gives me goals to work on. 🙂  We joined a Rally class on Mondays after our other class. He didn’t do too bad, but he is a shrieker when I leave him in a crate. 🙁  So we will need to work on that!