You know you video your dog's entire life when you have a video of this:
Upon further email exchange with the CPE trial secretary, I have demoted Oreo even further! Do you think the other dogs will make fun of him?
Next weekend we will be running level 1 enthusiast. This means, Oreo will jump 8 inches, on easy courses ....no teeter or weaves. The secretary told me I have until Monday to change my mind, but I think it is a good decision. Clearly, Oreo is stressed in the ring if he is going around obstacles. Hopefully, both of us will be less stressed with the easier courses & jump heights, and we can go out there and run fast.
We never even did level 1 to begin with. Overachiever me started us at level 2.
I can always move us back up to where we left off in regular. However, I'm going to try this and see if it makes a difference in Oreo's YPS numbers and overall confidence at the big CPE trials.
I know this may raise some eyebrows, and people may think I'm crazy, moving my dog from level 4 in colors to level 1. The fact that we made it to level 4 proves Oreo knows how to run some tough courses, but now we need to work on other stuff, which is more important in the long run.