Our first trial…
What a little legend! My beautiful girl was happy waiting for her run doing some happy tricks (back up, chomp, jump up on me with front legs) and played the raspberry-face game… I set her up, looked down the line tire-spread-jump-angled-jump, and took a deep breath as I remembered back 4 days ago to when she would run around the tyre in training.
And off she went. I felt our connection all the way through – I handled how I wanted to handle, trying to give her as much information as I could on these big open courses… and she did it! Course time 38 seconds, she got through in 18. Woo hoo girlie!
Next and last run wasn’t so nice- the course had some… weird… bits in it, and I wasn’t as focused as the course before (hey, she’d already exceeded my expectations for the day which was: “if we go out there and she enjoys herself and runs quickly I’ll be happy”, so I slacked off), but I did get to do a Lap turn into a tunnel (first time we’d done it over a bar before the turn, and first time doing it into the tunnel) and a rear cross that didn’t work so well because I was much more ahead of her than I’d planned to be. In the first run I spent a lot of time thinking about where my ‘virtual dog’ would be at any time, but I didn’t do that so well for the 2nd run. I think it showed. The connection just wasn’t there and, well, we didn’t do as well. I felt a bit rushed getting in the ring too which didn’t help. But I’m still happy- her attitute was fantastic. After the run – she actually left the ring and brought me her tug toy treat pouch. What?! It was super adorable- like she knew the routine even though it was only the third time we’ve done it.
She still has a lot to learn about when to take off for jumps sometimes but I think that will come with more experience and exposure to different situations. Now, if I get her weaves happening and visit some dogwalks she’ll be ready for agility too. 🙂