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Old 10-24-2013, 07:04 PM
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http://agilitymach.hubpages.com/hub/...for-the-Rookie

Love this blog post.

In other news, Gusto killed it at agility tonight. We were back inside the training center (not a good place for either of us usually, but the class moved indoors 5 weeks earlier than we were told it would ). He was able to stay in his weaves while I moved out laterally from about pole 8 to get in place on the other side of a jump for a front cross. Go 'To!
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:36 PM
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Hey I know that person! And I met that puppy a couple weekends ago!
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Old 10-24-2013, 08:11 PM
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You can count this as my last tip: Live the journey. All of it. The good and the bad. And treasure each victory - and each failure. It will go by so fast.
If I could only teach other agility people one thing... that would be it.
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Old 10-24-2013, 08:34 PM
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If it's so hard, why do it? Because it's in the overcoming that success becomes most sweet. Because it's in the fire where the relationship with your dog will be refined into steel.
That was the line that got me. Because I am finding myself, once in a while, falling into the "this is just too **** hard; I can't do it again" frame of mind with Gusto. Nothing he does is that bad, it really really isn't, but he is certainly not the type of dog I thought he would grow up to be. I have to watch Meg videos and remind myself over and over and over that it got that good by struggling through so much. Gusto and I will get there too, and it will be so very worth it.
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Old 10-24-2013, 08:38 PM
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I love Kristen and I love her dogs. It's a bummer Mia and I had to drop out of her classes (but I really do love where we ended up now too).

I think that's a very good blog post.
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I really liked reading that post - thanks for linking to it, BB

Glad you and Gusto had a fun class.

I have no other agility experience to compare to, but I often find myself thinking similar things with Kimma. But then I remember how HAPPY she is when she's really, truly running, and realize that it's all worth it.

Hope Cara has/had a great class

YAY Penny!!!
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Love that post
Thanks to my blog, I've been making a serious point to get more video of the dogs running. I am a pretty shitty handler so it's actually a really big help to me to be able to watch myself& realize that the Border sucks because of my late/ early signals. I knew that anyway ..but seeing it play back makes it so much harder to deny.



Briar nailed the entire thing, naturally. Penny nailed the weaves, her blind cross& the threadle. That threadle rear cross pretty much hates her though& we never get it.
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Old 10-25-2013, 08:53 PM
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Anyone else watching USDAA Nationals? Performance Grand Prix finals just finished up, and tomorrow the live feed for much of the day looks like it is on the Grand Prix semi-finals. Lots of cool dogs and handlers I'm excited to see, and some local people who make me feel less than six degrees of cool!
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We had a lot of fun at our first class. My fears about Cara being unable to focus appear to have been completely unfounded, Cara was worked up for five minutes or so and then she was just on her focusing game. I couldn't have asked for more from her. <3
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Our training company did a little demo at a shelter fundraiser today, that we participate in every year. FREEZING cold to be showing other folks how to play agility (we walk people through the course for a small donatoin) but it was fun, and was good practice for a trial environment, since there were about 100 people/dogs there while we were demoing. We had a few students run the course and I (with Recon, Frag did it last year) and my co-worker and boss all ran it as well. Recon didn't miss a beat, though I was being retarded because I was so nervous at how he would do. XD I think I called obstacles the wrong names at least three times, something I've never done before.

This is the course, a simple figure eight with two crosses. We ran it forwards practiced, then the three of us that train ran it backwards without a practice run. We all did better backwards, of course.


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