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Old 05-23-2013, 10:32 AM
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Ok guys. Seriously, what is the absolute worst thing that can happen at your dog's first trial? They blow a start line? They run around and check things out? They say hi to the judge? They leave the ring?

All that should be going through your heads right now with your baby dogs is this: "They are baby dogs, I don't care what they do, I want them to have fun." You have their whole career ahead of them to fix whatever problems they have, and yes they will have problems.

If you are worried about being embarrassed by your baby dog's antics, look around. EVERY SINGLE DOG you see has been a baby dog, they have all run their first trial and they probably did something embarrassing. Every single handler has been in your shoes and they will understand.

Have fun with your dog. You only have one first trial, make it count.
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:08 AM
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Have fun with your dog. You only have one first trial, make it count.
Good point. I never would have gone to a trial with Frag if I was that worried about what he may do. At his first trial, he knocked a few bars and jumped off a dog walk. Didn't get any Qs. Oh well! He had fun and so did I... That's the whole point of a game, right?

At every trial I've been to, there is more than a handful of dogs that get zoomies, greet the bar setters, stop on the top of a dog walk/a frame, etc. But you know... They're having fun. And they're dogs. You can't expect them to be predictable all the time. It's just the risk you take when you pay for them to do things I guess.
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:53 AM
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You've never met Backup he's a go big or go home dog, when we fail we make it count, has a dog ever set a course on fire before? lol

I'm excited, really, but nervous. I mostly hope Denis and Sloan have fun. I love running her and selfishly am jealous but she is his dog through and through and it's only right he runs her while Backup needs me. Still though, it should be an interesting weekend.
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:51 PM
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Hey if drinking is what calms you down, go for it :P

WORSE case scenario you run full tilt into a teeter, trip over a tunnel, and your dog barks manically at the judge the stewards, runs a couple laps around the ring, wrecks some jumps, and then you leave.

Which has happened thousands of times with people and and dogs far more experienced and at much more prestigious events. It's really not a big deal.

As long as your dog doesn't try to eat any people or dogs and you both walk away unscathed, it's just another learning experience.

Chill :P If for no other reason than because chilling with help reduce the likelihood of canine insanity lol
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:15 AM
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Wraps are going much better right now. Tighter and faster and happier. Now I just need more discrimination so when I ask for one direction I actually get the direction I asked for.

Miss Georgie started learning 2x2 weaves last night. She's such a clever girly! I told her "You need to learn your weavies so you can show up all the other dogs in class!" Then I remembered her class consists of Payton (can already weave) and Henri (not even close to starting weaves.) So then I told her she needs to join a different class so she can show up all the other dogs in THAT class.

I do need to get a food toy I can throw for her. She likes toys, but if there's food present she won't have anything to do with the toys. (Just like Uncle Auggie.) Any ideas? I'm thinking about just slicing into one of the Kong tennis balls Payton has killed and popping cookies inside, but I'm not sure. I have a sock that she destroyed that I considered putting cookies in so she can tug the sock for the cookies but I don't know if she will play the game. I don't own a Tug-It...
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:25 AM
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Tsuki's first trial was awful. But what she did do, even though it wasn't in sequence or the right direction, she still got praise. The judge afterwards came up to me and thanked me for my positive attitude.

She has a couple big rosettes for NQing in anything that hang up on my wall next to Kiba's title ribbons. In my head I want us to Q every run, but really now after having so many awesome runs, and so many bad runs, our first rule is to go out and have fun. And THEN bring home all the pretty ribbons (even if they're not green!).

Kiba's trial was an even bigger clusterf**k. It was sooo hot and all she wanted to do was hide in the tunnels.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:27 AM
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You've never met Backup he's a go big or go home dog, when we fail we make it count, has a dog ever set a course on fire before? lol
I had a horse literally jump out of the ring at a show once. It can't get much worse than that. I think it will go WAY better than you are expecting. Don't set yourself, or him, up for failure. Going in positive is always much better than thinking the worst. You are a fantastic trainer and he has come a long way.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:10 AM
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Izzies first trial was awesome and we got a jumpers Q our first run ever, BUT I ran face first into the side of the a-frame during a MASTERS snooker run this past February. The judge was laughing at me. We did end up getting the Q though.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:16 AM
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I do need to get a food toy I can throw for her. She likes toys, but if there's food present she won't have anything to do with the toys. (Just like Uncle Auggie.) Any ideas? ..
There are clear tubes with rubberized tops available at hardware stores. They have slits in the rubber (like old style change purses) so you can squeeze the tube and make treats fall out and the treats are visible. They are very cheap. OR clean run has these awesome Velcro close able balls that you can put treats into. Robin LOVES his!
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:30 AM
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There are clear tubes with rubberized tops available at hardware stores. They have slits in the rubber (like old style change purses) so you can squeeze the tube and make treats fall out and the treats are visible. They are very cheap.
Ooooh, that's a good idea! I can pick some of those up easily. Thanks!

I have a ball on a rope that is a velcro one, but the rope is almost three feet long D= I bought it because I thought it would be a good toy, but the rope is really just so long it doesn't seem very practical. I think I might tie a bunch of knots in it or something to shorten it up.
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