Overall, I'd say our first try at level one enthusiast was a success. Plus, there were no chutes in sight! Whew.
I always gauge Oreo's confidence level by our yards per second numbers.
Our first run, jumpers, he ran 3.85 YPS. That was just .05 lower than his highest lifetime YPS in any ever.
His standard run, even though we had 35 faults, he ran 3.54 YPS. That was his highest YPS in a standard run EVER! Wow. That's a number to remember. Too bad I think we may never q a standard run again.
Our last run, Wildcard, we ran a bit slower. The run snuck up on us. Unbeknownest to me, they moved the class up. I was hanging out with Oreo talking with people after our standard run, when I hear "Wildcard 1/2 is walking!" Well, I had to RUN to the car with Oreo, grab a crate so I had a place to put him, because I didn't want to have to keep running back and forth to the car. I had parked practically out with the cows, so the dogs would have a quiet place to nap. Then, we RAN back to the ring, carrying crate/tripod/treats/kitchen sink, so I could walk it at least once. Not a real stress free experience!
Still, Oreo ran 3.10 YPS. Any time it starts with a 3.somethin' makes me happy, especially given the crazy circumstances.
I hung around for another hour or so, and then scratched our final standard run. They were running a bit behind, and holding standard 2/3 until the games ring was done with wildcard 4/5/C. I knew it could be over an hour and a half wait. I didn't think it was fair to Oreo. He was tired.
Bummer, because I think the second round course was more suited for him. Oh well, next time.
So, we got 2 Q's for our games runs. That means 40 points! Only 960 to go to earn our plaque! LOL.
I set up a tripod for our games runs. You can barely see the tunnel in the left hand corner.
In jumpers, Oreo stopped at the entrance to the tunnel to check out the standard ring, but only for a second. Then, he slipped inside the tunnel. The ground was wet from some morning fog/dew.
This is our best run of the day. People were actually complaining that the course was too easy! Well, maybe it was, but I'm still really, really proud of this run.
In standard, we got off to a great start. Then, Oreo went around one jump when he saw the judge, in big floppy hat, looming. The last obstacle was a tunnel. Stupid me, sent him in wrong end of the tunnel. I had no idea I made the mistake, until someone told me. I even walked it the wrong way. No recollection of seeing a cone on that end of the tunnel.
Here is the video. Obviously, the videographer had some technical difficulties. Apparently, she didn't push the big red button until after our run :) I really appreciate her trying though!
Here is our wildcard run. I chose the A-Frame as our "hard" obstacle. Risky move, doing the first one right off the bat. Oreo never lets me down though. After the A-Frame, Oreo saw the judge (she's off the screen), and I could see him doing sideways glances. I kept cheering him, and he made it into the tunnel, right next to the judge, then we made it home clear. Only 10 obstacles, but we accomplished a lot.
For all 3 runs, I took the advice I got in camp, and waited until the last possible second to bring Oreo in the ring. I didn't even bring him real close to the ring until we were "on deck". I think it was good for him, and he was able to focus on me a bit easier. Although we heard our name screamed out a lot, "Is Oreo here?" "Oreo you're up in 3 dogs!" Blah, blah! I just kept waving my arm to let them know I was around.
I'm really looking forward to our nice, laid back DOCNA trial coming up next. I should be able to get some better videos there. Only one ring, so people won't be running around like chickens with their heads cut off.