Sorry, no tricks today....Sunday was a day of recovery from the trial. Monday, a busy start to my last week of classes before exams. I'm kind of sad this year. This has been one of my best school years - great kids and great classes. Even my ninth graders came around in the end. I hope next year goes as smoothly.
Over the weekend, I relished our awesome runs. Then, I went back and looked at our mistakes, to analyze what might have gone wrong.
What did I find? Our mistakes felt much worse while we were running, than in reality when I saw them on video.
What a great discovery!
Oreo's rubbernecking on the teeter felt like a whole minute, when, in reality, he got back to work quite quickly. Big improvement over last year. Even an improvement from our league runs over the winter. In that instance, I think he was distracted by the person and snarly dog coming out of the RV, not the person in the ring.
Here is a video of Oreo going around the first jump. In hind sight, I should have put myself on the opposite side of the jump and crossed after the teeter. Again though, he got back on track right away.
Here is the off course in our second run, where Oreo took the wrong tunnel. If you watch VERY carefully, you will see Oreo spot the judge (or something in the crowd?). Maybe that made him uneasy, and Oreo shot in the first tunnel entrance he saw. Oreo tends to seek out tunnels when he is stressed sometimes. However, it could have been my body language that sent him in the wrong tunnel. It was a tricky spot on the course, and I never thought he would take the wrong tunnel. I could have gotten on the other side of the jump. When Jeff watched the video, he thought I should have crossed and blocked the entrance to the other tunnel.
The good in all this constructive criticism? Oreo recovered from the stressful moments quickly.
There is a teacup trial this weekend allowing day of show entries. I'm very tempted to try it out! How fun would that be? It would be like going to Munchkinland, for dogs. The games sound like a blast. I'd like to try Dare to Double & Rabbit Express. Reading the game rules is entertainment itself, ex "a dog that likes to run quick like a bunny and falls into a rabbit hole by taking the off course must dig herself back out by completing the entire sequence before continuing on the numbered rabbit express." Now, that I can understand way better than snooker (red this and red that....).
I'm going to keep an eye on the forecast and see.