Went out on New Year's Eve to do a run thru at our trial site. Talk about being in the middle of nowhere. If I hadn't had GPS, I never would have seen the road to turn.
However, the facility is gorgeous! Wow, wish it was my backyard.
There were a few nested courses set up. However, all had a startline that ran right past where people were sitting/crating their dogs. I knew I didn't want to start in a place that would be scary. I came up with my own plan where I could start right down the middle of the building, and hit the scary spot later.
I had planned on using treats in the ring, but there was a sign saying "no treats allowed". They didn't want to risk any crumbs being on the floor for the trial. However, I saw a few people using treats to get their dogs over the teeter. I'm not a rule breaker, so I left my treats in my treat bag.
They were running tall to small dogs. I left Oreo in the car until the 16 inch dogs started. I brought him inside to a corner where there were a bunch of shelties. He did some tricks for me, and was generally relaxed. He watched some dogs run, and ate a lot of treats. Oreo seemed to know what he was there for.
Here is our run. He starts off slow, but then seems to gain confidence by the 3rd jump. We had a problem on the A-Frame. Jeff thought he slipped. I think he stopped, because I went too far ahead, and then slipped. I brought him back around, to make sure he did the obstacle at least once before the trial.
The only obstacle we didn't do was the weave poles. I didn't like where they were set up. Not condusive to a smooth flow.
I'm confident now that Oreo's new building jitters are gone, and he'll be ok at the trial on Saturday. Now I'll just have to deal with the scary judge and ring crew!
We're going to practice some drop & go's in the yard today, using Oreo's ball as a reward.
It's supposed to snow tomorrow morning, but I plan on making the trek anyway. That's why I got a car with all wheel drive!
I really feel like our 3 league matches have given Oreo a ton of confidence. I am so glad I had the opportunity to join. And we still have 5 matches to go!
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