Today was a much better agility day with Chase my border collie boy. He did well. I was less stressed because I didn’t have someone else who was counting on us. Instead it was just us for us and that’s a good thing.
Here are a couple of pictures of my tent setup at the trial. You can see the big trees on the south side. They create a nice amount of shade for the whole day. And we need the shade as it’s been in the 90s both days. Tomorrow is supposed to be hot, too. We are keeping cool with water and cool coats and shade, which is nice. But still it’s hot, and Levi would not be doing well at all. Chase does a good job as the heat doesn’t affect him quite as much.
Today started with snooker and it went pretty well until Chase took an regular jump after a regular jump… instead of starting the ending sequence. He was ahead of me and I lost him again… and when I lose him he decides to just do whatever he wants, or he twirls and spins in front of me. Neither are good, so I need to figure out what to do about that. At least it’s something I can work on that’s concrete. Though I’m not sure what to do yet.
Standard went well and he qualified. I was pretty paraoid about keeping control of him, though, and over handled. It was a nice course and was more our level. Yesterday was just too beyond our abilities, I think. And today, being in Starters, it was more our level. Sometimes I think I want to run before I walk and I have to learn to walk with him first… well, not like he ever walks, LOL, but you know what I mean.
Pairs also went well and we qualified in that, too. We were paired up with a nice golden who did a good job. Then we did jumpers. And again I lost him. I pulled him towards me too hard and he went around a jump, close to me. And then I wanted to bring him back around but he started his spinning goofball stuff and took an off course jump. I had him sit… which seemed to get his focus back. He won’t down for me when he’s so high, but he’ll sit. So he sat, then we both collected ourselves, and finished the course very nicely and I was pleased.
So I need to figure out what to do about his spinning and confusing when we miss an obstacle. And it will happen, at least for a while, since I still am not sure hard to push him or pull him when we have a tight turn. But this is what learning is all about, right? 🙂 I just don’t like doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, but not getting them. I want to get better, to grow and expand. I hate being stuck for years at the same level… like I was with Levi and his weaves. It frustrates me and I’m just throwing money away. So I want to learn and grow and get better!
Anyway, it was a fun day. I worked some with Tatum on her heeling and fronts in the box I have for Levi. But she was hot and didn’t have too long an attention spam. I also worked with Muffit. I took him to petsmart during a break and we got him a halti. He hates it but it’s going to work great with him. So he’s not so frantic. He even laid with me by the side of the ring and relaxed with his halti on when dogs were running, that is so great! Big success there, I think.
I also got the dogs in the kiddie pools they have said up. We didn’t have any pool toys but we should get some, and a kiddie pool, for our yard. Tatum actually walked in the pool for a treat so I’d love to get her in a pool a bit more at home.
Now I’m tired… one more day tomorrow. Since yesterday was all teams it’s a 3 day trial. I got up at 7 am and got there at 8:30 am today which was really nice. Felt like sleeping in!