Oreo's first run was Colors. A favorite. You choose the course you want to run, out of two options. The courses are always short. I chose the circle course.
Oreo was definitely not as relaxed at this trial as he was last weekend at the teacup trial. Not sure why. Probably because there were a lot more people there. They were doing 665 runs today. 165 dogs. Plus, we only trialed there once and that was over a year ago.
Here is a video of our colors run. Oreo almost decided to do the square course, as he headed toward the A-Frame, but I was able to get him to the jump. You can see him get stressed around the tire when he notices the judge. I wish I hadn't of front crossed there, as I could've offered a barrier between Oreo and the judge. It may have eased his stress level. We ended up in second place, and a Q. Not too shabby.
Then we did standard. Here is the map.
Notice how in the beginning we have to turn back toward the start line, where all the commotion is. Oreo popped out of the weaves. I decided to turn him and sent him to the tunnel, rather than put him back in the poles. Oreo really started to pick up speed on the jumps after the dogwalk, but then saw the scary judge and balked at the next tunnel and did a long pause on the teeter. No video, and no Q, because we didn't complete the weaves.
I'm beginning to wonder if we will ever get a standard Q at level 3, or if we will be stuck at 3 forever! LOL. We get called for major faults everytime we try, since Oreo "fails to perform" an obstacle. Well, maybe the judge shouldn't have put the obtsacle there in the first place! At least this time it was only 15 faults, unlike the last try when we ended up with 45 faults. I was happy not to see a chute on any of the maps, although I've never seen a chute at any of the CPE trials we've been at. Even the indoor ones.
I was glad we only signed up for two runs, because Oreo clearly wasn't feeling the trial environment today.
All of the trials for the rest of the summer & fall will be at our school. I'm sure Oreo will be more confident there.
We're on a two week agility free hiatus now.