Here is Levi and me doing agility. Itâ€™s from the February 2007 trial. Itâ€™s a really good run, except for one mistake toward the end where I told him to turn, which he did just like I said, but Iâ€™d told him wrong. Oops! Look at him weave! He does such a good job now!
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We had a DOCNA trial this past weekend. And we had FUN!
Levi Q’d 7 out of 10 runs. SEVEN OUT OF TEN! Can you believe it! I am so excited, and so proud of him. I remember too many trials where we have brought home no Q ribbons. Finally we are working together and doing a good job. He even Qd in the National Challenge, which had two sets of weaves. One 12, and one 6. 🙂 He got them both! He did not get the weaves on the Standard Course after, but I didn’t push it. It was Sunday, after a long weekend. And we were both tired. I no longer take him back through the weaves. If we don’t get them, oh well, we just go on and have a good time. He needs happy weaves, that is the ticket! If he hadn’t fallen off the dog walk on Saturday, we probably would have gotten that one too. Dunno about the falling, both he and Chase fell off it, Chase twice. Levi only once. After toenail trims they seemed better.
Chase Qd 4 out of 10, which wasn’t bad. That Strategic Time Gamble is hard… but both boys got Qs on theirs. Which got them their Beginners Titles. Levi acquired 2 titles, and Chase 3. Sweeeeet! Chase does awesome at gamblers because he is fast, and it doesn’t matter if we get all the obstacles I plan on. And his distance is pretty good, especially if he gets to SUCK into a tunnel.
On Sunday I started a new plan with Chase. He needs to watch me more… pay attention to me more. And so I walked around and changed directions often, and he had to keep up or get left at the end of the leash. I don’t like doing it… but it does cause him to pay attention, and I really do think it helped his runs afterwards. So we are going to practice that at home, and also find more things we can do where he MUST pay attention to me. I think that will help us a great deal in our agility career. And Obedience helps, soo.
I put blog pages together for both Levi and Chase. On the right menu, where it says “more…” after each of their names, you will find them. It has all their titles. Levi has so many now, it’s hard to list them all!
I love dog sports. Bonding with my dogs is the best feeling in the world. My house is a wreck and a mess, but I don’t care. My dogs are happy, and that is more important! Woo Hoo!
You know, work really gets in the way of doing the things I love. Now I do dog classes… oh, 3 times a week? Or is it four. I think just three but I’m going to start to alternate. If only I didn’t have to work…
I’m doing Flyball on Sundays with Chase now, and oh my gosh does he love it. To run like mad over and over again… he’s not too ball motivated but he gets them just fine, the tug is his main reward. 🙂
Monday night is agility class with both Levi and Chase. Tuesday was heeling class but that’s on hold for now, instead I’m going to take Chase to beginning obedience Thursday nights. He really needs focus work and I just LOVE the person I’m taking the classes from. Then Saturdays I’m going to some agility practice. But that is also going to alternate depending on what time I have.
I have not been doing much herding with Levi. Probably won’t be for a while, though I would like to get his 2nd ASCA Started leg… we’ll have to see. Time and money, never enough of both! And he’s not really all that good anyway. Maybe the next smooth collie pup will be…