I tried them out with both dogs. More meatballs.
Despite not having done agility in months, Oreo sailed through - blind cross, front cross, rear cross, start line stay, serpentines all perfect! He did do one off course tunnel, but I loved how he was charging toward it, so that wasn't a fault in my book. He was a dog on a mission!
Chewy still struggled in many parts - broke his start line, went around the first jump, blew past me to go in a tunnel, balked at a rear cross, and practically got stepped on during an attempted blind cross.
My first thought - it was easy for Oreo, because he has more experience.
My second thought - it was easy for Oreo, because I've had more experience handling him.
Probably a combination of the two.
My conclusion - Chewy and I need to work together more often, with lots of rewards, so that we can figure each other out. Plus, I need to simulate our trial startline at home, even go so far as to use a leash to bring him to the first obstacle, so he knows his job when we go in the ring. That way we can start off on the right foot.
Maybe the turkeys will cooperate and walk by, so I can have some random distractions too!
We tried the sequence again the next day (even more meatballs), and it went much better for Chewy. Practice does make a difference!
I set up numbers 3-10 (with a tunnel as #8), and did it in both directions, like we did at the trial.
Here's day two:
Oreo was perfect as usual.