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Old 11-26-2013, 10:57 AM
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More handling sequences with Kili in class. We finally get to start weave poles probably next week. Poor class has been held up by having to wait for Kili to reach 15 months! hee hee. Weave poles are basically the last thing we need to do. Teeter is coming along really nicely. We are about half height and instructor is hardly touching the board to control the drop now. Frame is still a work in progress as she sometimes likes to launch herself off it from the top. Oy vey. Not sure when we'll start trialing. What I do love is that we've been taking it nice and slow with the contacts and such but have really worked on some tougher handling. I think most of the sequences we do in class are more difficult than those seen at the Novice level so we should be more than prepared for that (thoughts on this... maybe I'm deluding myself!). Not sure when we'll be able to trial. I think I'm casually aiming for about 20-24 months.

Anyway, first sequence was kind of fun and involved some handling move I don't know the name of. lol. Second sequence had a blind cross which I am starting to really like. My instructor wanted me to put the cross in earlier but that just messed me up. ha ha. I did it well (I thought) the first time, but then trying to do the cross earlier I kept muddling myself up, so although Kili managed to figure out what the heck I was trying to do it felt awkward. More work needed.

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Old 11-27-2013, 05:09 PM
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Grumble grumble grumble. I decided I had to pick one seminar or the other - I was told Gusto should be in the masters day for both, so it would have been 8 hours Sat/8 hours Sun. I picked the one I really, really wanted to attend and gave away my spot in the other. Now the one I was going to got cancelled because of the cold (really, who expected MORE than 28 degrees in late November?). So now I am stuck with no seminars, no class, no nothing.

Whine whine whine.

I need to move somewhere with more agility opportunities.
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Old 11-27-2013, 05:21 PM
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Grumble grumble grumble. I decided I had to pick one seminar or the other - I was told Gusto should be in the masters day for both, so it would have been 8 hours Sat/8 hours Sun. I picked the one I really, really wanted to attend and gave away my spot in the other. Now the one I was going to got cancelled because of the cold (really, who expected MORE than 28 degrees in late November?). So now I am stuck with no seminars, no class, no nothing.

Whine whine whine.

I need to move somewhere with more agility opportunities.
Ack, what a bummer
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:46 PM
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That sucks. If it makes you feel better... I took the dogs to the arena to work tonight and it was SO cold. I couldn't feel my toes or my fingers and both dogs were looking at me like I was nuts. Which I might be.
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:29 PM
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Until four years ago, I worked outdoors year round in Vermont - I'm pretty much immune to the cold!

I'm just grumpy now. I feel really stuck with training right now, and feel like there is nowhere to get the help I need. Blah. I'll get over it. Just grumpy and disappointed.
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:46 PM
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There's a intramural this weekend and at my place and I'm trying to decide what to do with the girls. I'm thinking about just entering Mia in one or two really beginner classes and just making sure it's FUN. Then running Summer in the lowest level competition classes? Ugh cant' decide. Also not sure how much running my foot will take.
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Old 11-28-2013, 05:09 PM
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Until four years ago, I worked outdoors year round in Vermont - I'm pretty much immune to the cold!

I'm just grumpy now. I feel really stuck with training right now, and feel like there is nowhere to get the help I need. Blah. I'll get over it. Just grumpy and disappointed.
I would be super grumpy and disappointed if I were in your shoes too. What a bummer.

I'm still riding pretty high from my house league last weekend. (Still no video -- a friend took one on her phone, but getting it from her is another story.) A friend relayed to me that my previous agility instructor complimented Cohen's performance during her class last a few nights ago. She's used to Bar Knockie McGee.

So, I'm signed up for a trial this weekend. I'm not expecting any Qs, but I'm expecting to have some fun.
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Old 11-28-2013, 10:46 PM
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We had some fun this morning, as we opted to have our private class LOL. It was nice to go to Thanksgiving dinner with two relatively tired pups at home

Kimma is getting back to her old self, slowly but surely. I'm missing trialing, but I know that this hard work and the waiting will be worth it. I think I'm on to something with how I set her up before her runs, and that can easily transfer to a trial environment. "Think" being the key word LOL.


And Jari. He's just awesome. He may never be the fastest dog, but I have a feeling (and a hope!) that he will be a pretty consistent. As for now, I'm proud of my little guy. Even as he's going through his, "I'm not listening, LA LA LA, I'm a boy and must sniff ALL THE THINGS" stage.


He's also developed teeter-suck. Yeah. We have the teeter super low, and he just like wants to KEEP DOING IT. OVER AND OVER AGAIN UNTIL FOREVER. At least he has no fear?
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:37 PM
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Fun run today. Overall we had a lot of fun.

Mia was.... flaky in tunnelers so in standard when she got really into it and going fast and I stopped her a few obstacles in and we had a PARTY. Lots of fun party. It does frustrate me that she's so off and on. I want to know what the cause is because she does a 180 in and out of the ring. I think it's just pressure and I get nervous with her too. After the run she gets so crazy and is running with me so well and jumping, doing tricks. Before runs, she's upset. So I think I'm just learning that she's just not made for agility competition and I'm ok with that. We have fun in class and we'll keep working but I just don't anticipate her really ever being competitive. We reached our goal of one competition and also got a Q. I'm ok with that. She's my best dog and I need to focus more on having fun. Our nosework is going back to weekly so that will be fun. Tentative nosework ORT this spring and trial in September!

Summer is amazing. Our tunnelers we got second primarily because she ran on top of a tunnel or two. She was NUTS and everyone was cracking up. Summer certainly has fun no matter what. Our standard run was AMAZING.... except I totally walked the course wrong and made up the middle part of the course without realizing it. Summer did fantastic though. 100% no errors and just great. I also ran her in a 'twists and tunnels' class and again she did 100%. Was getting a bit tired at that point but she did all the threadles really nicely. She's such a happy dog and so much fun to run. Ear to ear smiles with her.
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:46 PM
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It does frustrate me that she's so off and on. I want to know what the cause is because she does a 180 in and out of the ring. I think it's just pressure and I get nervous with her too. After the run she gets so crazy and is running with me so well and jumping, doing tricks. Before runs, she's upset. So I think I'm just learning that she's just not made for agility competition and I'm ok with that. We have fun in class and we'll keep working but I just don't anticipate her really ever being competitive.
This is where I am with Gusto right now, but I'm not giving him the choice to decide he's not an agility dog I mean that is a little joking - obviously if I thought he was miserable he could be a professional hiking and snuggling dog. I think I've made some mistakes transferring his skill from training to trialling. I've got one more trial scheduled for December so I can test out some stuff I'm wondering about, and then we are going to work really hard this winter on adding pressure/distractions, getting rewards OFF me, and ... I don't know. Other stuff that I think will help. The skills are there, he loves training, he just turns into a different dog from the start line to the exit gate.
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