at least until AKC nationals. I'm already starting to feel unprepared though. Maybe my handling will become rusty over the next few weeks... maybe I won't get to train again before nationals... my lesson today was cancelled due to high winds and I'm out of town next week. I really love pre-nationals anxiety :). This will be my first year running multiple dogs at AKC natioanls. I hope I am able to give each dog the attention and focus they deserve.
The trial was good on Saturday, the arena is really wonderful, the dirt is a sand/felt mixture that is great for the dogs (and people). And there is really nice natural lighting. We had a wonderful audience along the back side of the arena behind the rolled-up walls. Horses in their stalls watched with great interest as the dogs ran around the agility course. They could have applauded more, though. I only wish the arena was a bit closer to home so I could drive back and forth (it's 2hrs away) or the RVing was more convenient and less expensive, it's 50/night for an RV and 1/2 mile from the arena. I'd be better off staying in a hotel, but a hotel with 5 dogs? I don't think so...
All the dogs got a QQ except for Rampage, and I'm kicking myself for that one. I got lost on the JWW course and forgot to put in a front cross (it was my 4th time running the course, you'd think I'd have remembered by then!) and he dropped a bar when I added an emergency serpentine.
Cassidy got a bonus run this weekend because we tied for first in JWW, so we got to have a runoff. Cassidy loves bonus runs!
The front cross before the triple got us a much tighter turn than the rear cross we did in the first run.
I'm still struggling with Rampage's contacts. There was a point when I thought we had it solved but we have regressed. "But they're perfect at home!" Yeah, yeah, I know. There is a fine line with Rampage between enforcing behaviors and keeping agility fun. And I haven't found it yet. But on the bright side, it's the behaviors that are missing, not the funness. :) Rampage isn't entered at AKC nationals. He was a QQ (or maybe 2) short from qualifying. But I don't think I would have taken him even if he was, we're not quite "there" yet.
Cassidy got a QQ despite dropping the middle bar of the triple in standard. It dropped late and the bars make nary a sound on that surface so the judge didn't see it. I'm not complaining :).