This week I’m going to work 10 hour days and take Friday off. Oh joy. I’m getting to like getting home at 4pm. Today I’ll get home at 6pm. That’s okay, though. This weekend is a NADAC trial in St. George with Levi.
I just hope the weather is good for the drive.
Our new goal in agility is… SPEED!
NADAC is a very fast venue, and Levi is… well, just not a fast dog. Especially on the contacts. So last night I asked the teach what we can do about it. She said we can start to use a treat to pull over the A Frame, to get him to go faster. A really yummy treat that I’ve ‘teased’ him with somewhat the week before. So I have to work on that.
We are also going to start to do some running contacts, although while making sure we have a stop in our repertoire still, so when I do need to cross in front of him on a contact I can. I think that’ll help a ton. Last night we worked on that, when his foot hit the yellow, I released him and we zoomed to the next obstacle! It was fun.
And his weaves are doing really well, too. I just need to remember to call the weaves early. If a jump is before them, I need to call the weaves when he’s on top of that jump, or even before that jump. If a tunnel is first, then when he’s in the middle of the tunnel. If a contact is first… I don’t think I’ve ever seen a contact before weaves, but if so, then right out of the contact spot. We’ll get there!
Agility is my new greatest passion. I went to my first trial last weekend (September 18 & 19) in Grand Junction, Colorado, after a ten week break due to an injury in my leg, which actually didn’t end up being an injury as much as a pinched nerve… or rather, a tilted pelvis.
Anywho, Levi is my agility boy, and he’s doing very well, despite his handler! He attained his first two NADAC titles last weekend, NAC and TN-N. (Novice Agility Certificate & Tunnelers Novice) He is such a good boy. Not sure if NADAC is going to be his thing, though, because he is not quite fast enough. We might be able to get into open eventually, but I have my doubts about going beyond that into Elite. We just might be in Novice/Open forever in NADAC.
That’s okay, because the timing in AKC is not as tight as NADAC, and Levi already has two out of his three legs for his open standard title in AKC! Our next ACK trial is the end of October, so we’ll see if we can get him his last leg. Would be fun!