The only thing more fun than spending a weekend training my dogs is spending a weekend training my dogs with some of the best handlers/trainers in the country! It was fun to see some people who were even more obsessive than myself.
Going into the weekend I knew about a quarter of the team pretty well. Obviously I know Ashley and Marcy since they both live about 30 minutes from me. And if course I know Geri because she has Icon's half brother. But the others I only knew by name or not at all. But everyone was friendly and seemed in a good mood MOST of the time. We had some long days, after all :).
It took Icon and I a little while to get used to the surface on Friday. We had quite a few refusals on our wraps, but we got that together by Saturday. We still had our fair share of mistakes though! Marcy video taped most of my practice for me, but they're a bit long and boring to watch unless you're me. I came home from there with a few things to work on, although nothing I didn't know about already. Mainly soft sided weave entries and getting myself spatially oriented. There were a few times that I had to push on his line to get around a jump or other obstacle that was suddenly in my way. That's mostly a problem on Huppe courses. That guy really knows how to place obstacles to inconvenience me.
Our next team practice is the Aug 14th-16th in California, unless the cancel due to lack of $$$. I hope they don't have to though! It'll be at an arena about 30 minutes from my house which is WAY more convenient than flying to Wisconsin.