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Old 09-10-2013, 08:47 AM
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Well! We gave our first trial goal of December 13th!!!
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:51 AM
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Yesterday went well. Summer is fab and we were doing some crazy fast speed circles.

Mia is still slow. Happy but slow. She's very congested and it was 95 out. I'm trying not to worry too much. Somethig about the field is stressin her lately. He was timid leaving her crate so we did some in and out and happy and that helped. She sped up closer to the end of class when it cooled down some. When we got home we did some jumps with the extra cookies I had in my pocket an she was so fast. Then we played ball and he was crazy and happy and jumping like normal. But after about 30 mins she was huffin and puffing and snorting and sounding so stuffed up.

Something is going on at class lately though and it's confusing me. I had a chiro look at her and adjust her. Also had the vet go over her knees. This vet actually couldn't get the knees to luxate at all and thought my initial vet had way overestimated the grade of the location. Urgggg so frustrating to hear different things.

I'm wondering if it is mostly congestion plus the heat? My trainer said her BC is having bad summer allergies.
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:19 AM
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Running order for our next trial hit my inbox. Freaking out. Georgie runs Sunday, she's third dog in the ring for Standard and second in the ring for jumpers, and there's about five dogs between her and Payton. Eep.

A world team person is going to be there with a new baby dog. I guess I can forget about any blue ribbons for Pay hahaha.

OTOH if Georgie Qs she totally gets first place because she's the only novice 12 regular dog. GET IT GIRLY



I just realized something. Georgie had better not come in season in the next few weeks. If she's regular, she's due...
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:22 AM
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Go Pay and Georgie!
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Old 09-10-2013, 05:49 PM
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Private lesson with Summer on Sunday!
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:18 PM
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Gusto, Meg and I are headed down to a trial Friday in Rhode Island. I hadn't really planned on trialing much this fall, as I wanted to keep working on some stuff with Gusto, but I have a few friends chairing trials that I want to support, so we have 3 that we are going to. I figure it will be good to evaluate where we are with Gusto's focus and speed training (our online class just ended), and then make a winter plan. Plus we have a seminar the day after Thanksgiving with the trainer from our class, so that will be wonderful. I'd like to get him into masters for at least a couple of classes (3 standard qs in 4 tries may be pushing our luck) - jumpers and gamblers are certainly possible.

We have the BEST possible training set up organized for this winter. I'm so excited. Myself and 3 friends, all of whom are super knowledgeable and focuses with nice, friendly dogs are renting an indoor (heated!) riding ring for 2 hours a week. Between the group, we have a full set of nice equipment, with rubberized contacts and 24" weaves and everything. We all trained together through our club last winter, but wanted something where we had full control over things. I can't wait to get started!
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:41 PM
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I finally figured out why Payton was having issues with my stick-in-the-ground weave poles... not because they lack a base like most weave poles we see (including at trial and fun runs) but because I NEVER STRIPED THEM WITH TAPE. Durrrrr. Of course he couldn't really see it that well. Auggie OTOH didn't need tape because by the time I got a set of stick-in-the-grounds, he was doing 12 weave poles and probably did them just fine solely based on the familiar rhythm. Also Auggie is the weave pole freak who didn't see weave poles for almost a year and then was at the fun run like "LOOK HOW GOOD MY WEAVE POLES ARE" so yeah. Auggie was fine. Payton needed the stripes.

I striped them.

Magically Payton can now do 12 weave poles like a boss.

juuuuuust in case.
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:16 AM
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My trainer sent out the list of new classes and all I can think is that I want in the agility puppy class! I only have one problem.... sigh.
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:48 PM
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We had a great weave session after the park trip today. I am loving this 'cooler' weather (cooler being just under 80 and humid lol). My dogs kept pooping out in this upper 90s and sunny weather. We did almost 4 miles and then they still wanted to train.

I think my dogs are getting it. I have stooped down to doing 6 instead of 12 (I know) but I'd really like to get Summer trialing in AKC soonish. I closed the weaves more than I ever have with her today.

With Mia I am just happy that she is going down the open channel consistently. I don't know why that concept was so hard for her. I've also found that if I work in the front yard vs the back it goes a lot nicer. Mia worries about stepping in poop in the back yard. I also figured out that setting a jump up in front of the weaves is helping too. I think it just gets them in 'agility mode'.

So yay progress!
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Old 09-13-2013, 01:35 PM
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Yay progress! What's wrong with training six first? I did that with both my dogs. Trained six poles, then would do two sets of six with space in between to stop and reward, and then put the two sets together.
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