The weather improved a bit on Sunday. Overcast all day, cool, with a light mist most of the afternoon. Not bad weather for trialing. It started raining when we were in the car on the way home. Perfect timing.
We arrived at the trial just as they were starting the fullhouse run. I looked at the course map, thought "this is so easy". Signed us up, and we were the second dog to go.
I didn't even get to walk the course. Don't know what I was thinking.
We almost pulled it off. Missed it by one lousy point. Major bummer. At least we tried. Fullhouse is not one of my favorite games, but there was a really smooth path that enabled us to get our three jumps, two circles and joker.
Next up, 2 standard runs. Both had the chute and the table. Two things we rarely practice.
Luckily, the judges made the table,"handler's choice", which meant you got to pick whether you wanted your dog to sit, stand or down for 5 seconds. We did sit. In hindsight, stand may have been a better choice.
Everyone I knew was running their dog in the same class, so I brought my tripod and set up this birdseye view of our run. Can you see us? We start in the right bottom of the screen for both runs.
You'll see Oreo go around the chute, and then you can't see that he goes in the wrong end of the tunnel afterward. No Q. I think if I had stayed closer to the entrance of the chute, he may have gone in.
Check out how FAST Oreo was moving at the start of our run with the scary judge SOOOOO close! I didn't realize how close he was until I saw the video.
On our second standard, it was handler's choice again. Oreo was distracted by something in the woods, but I got him to sit. Then, he went around the chute again, and went in the wrong tunnel entrance after the chute. Isn't he consistent? Notice the judge didn't call faults for those! She was a judge in training. Unfortunately, someone was watching and those faults got recorded and we got an NQ. We also had one dropped bar. He did much better with the jumps today than he did friday.
Here's our run:
Not a great weekend Qwise. However, Oreo did awesome outside the ring. He even barked! He rarely barks away from home, and never has barked at a trial before. Everyone always compliments me on how quiet my dogs are. Ha! If they only knew.....I was thrilled to see my little spitfire's personality coming out a bit, even if it was out of the ring. Plus, he laid down and took a little nap in his pen, even though we were sitting with a group of people/dogs. Progress.
Plus, I thought Oreo's times were pretty good. I'm not sure of our YPS. It didn't print out on our stickers. Hopefully, the scores get posted somewhere, and I can calculate those.
I would definitely do teacup again. Everyone was very friendly, and knew Oreo's name by the end of the day. Although some were teasing, calling him, "Pecan Sandie" or "Chips Ahoy". The environment is pretty laid back, but the courses are challenging, especially in the upper levels. Next time, I'll be more prepared. More chute, table and 16 inch jump practice ahead of time.
Even Jeff thought the chute looked like a weird obstacle. It was a really small opening, almost cavelike. Not sure why Oreo did it Friday, and then refused Sunday.
Usually Oreo is wiped out after a trial. Not this time. We went home and played in the rain.
We're taking a break from agility this week. I think we both need to do some other stuff, like sit on the deck and do nothing!