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Old 12-03-2013, 12:21 PM
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I really liked starting out in level one with Recon- I think it's a great introduction to the environment and actually being expected to work under pressure for them (AND YOU) and even if it's a little too easy, it's great motivation and fun regardless!

I can't wait to see how he does! We will be there that weekend, but I'm not sure what days, yet.... I have to work saturday unfortunately, but I might enter a later class and show up in the afternoon.
That's my thought too. I'm really just trying to get him exposed to the environment and see what we need to focus more on! My expectations are low :P

I'm leaning towards Friday (if we can get in DOS) and depending on how that goes entering a few on Saturday too.
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:22 PM
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I managed to squeeze in 15 minutes of training yesterday between work and dark...darn winter. And now it's all drizzly and gross. *grumble*
15 minutes is pretty good! hee hee. It's dark for at least a half hour by the time I get home from work. Though, fortunately I'm able to run home at lunch most days and squeeze in some quick contacts or 2x2 weave poles (our newest thing). I miss evening training... warm evening training!
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:07 AM
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I love reading all the success stories on this thread, especially the little ones.

Had a Jackpot class yesterday (my club does a CPE games class). Mimi nailed the jackpot both times, which I'm thrilled about. It was a level 1 course, so the distance send wasn't huge, but we have a send!! Yay Whippet.

Also, Mimi weaves! Slowly.. But straight poles!

Question, since I'm kind of doing this weave training on my own. I've been having her weave 12 straight poles a couple times, then opening them up so she can speed through them. My thought was, she can practice the straight poles, but we can build her confidence by still leaving them open. Is there any negative to this? We've been working on weaves for maybe a month, once or twice a week. Should I back up and let her continue with them open? Going to bring out the 2x2s tomorrow to see if we can work on entries...
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:28 AM
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Yay for getting mini-jackpots

The one main negative I can see with you doing open weaves fast& closed weaves slow is that it doesn't really build speed or confidence in closed weaves, just open ones. I didn't close Penn's weaves until she was really driving through semi-open weaves ..then once they were closed, she slowed down the first handful of times& then remembered weaves mean GOFAST! I'd keep working on open weaves& building confidence while closing them slowly. It's painful& my suggestion may be way off-base. May want to wait for someone with more experience to pipe in!
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:51 AM
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That does make sense! I guess I just wasn't sure how 'generalized' weaves were or not. Open weaves being a different thing than closed. Definitely makes sense though. I think we need to work more on collection as well.
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Old 12-06-2013, 07:40 AM
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Agility class last night was a circus. We're starting to more things off leash and halfway through the class Watson took off to play with the standard poodle boy (they're the same age, and two peas in a pod). So they ran amok, wrestling for a few minutes until I could grab Watson. Then the poor poodle's owners spent 10min trying to get him back as he played the "avoid the collar grab" game. These teenage boys!

At the end of class, we did our first little sequence with a tunnel and a jump at the end. Go through tunnel, jump and wrap back around, go back through tunnel. I knew Watson wanted to head back to the poodle, but he actually nailed it! I was so proud. The second time through (with a jump on each end) he booked it through the tunnel and then took off to play with the poodle. Bad trainer on me, because I should have anticipated that and ran it on the side of the tunnel nearest to the poodle, so I could maybe catch his attention before he bolted.

So in some ways I'm please with his off leash ability and I think if we were alone in the ring he would be pretty good. In other ways, I just have to facepalm at his overwhelming desire to play with other dogs. He's been in obedience class with other dogs consistently for the past year, but he's still a total spazz around them. At least he's friendly! Mentally, he's such a puppy still and "OMG, dog! Want to play!" is such a high priority. I wish he was my second dog, because we could have practiced obedience around dogs at a young age daily, instead of just in classes (where we live and walk, we might see one dog a day, if we're lucky, and not off leash).

He's really impressing me with obstacles. Last night he flew over a lowered A-frame on the first try. I expected him to be more careful about things, and possibly spooky, since I saw that behavior occasionally when he was younger, but clearly his confidence is sky high and he's throwing himself at everything.
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:39 PM
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Since is is snowing lightly, iced over, and friggin cold out we had class in the small room and worked 2 jump exercises and weave entrances.

Let me just say that Summer is incredibly wild. Worse tonight because we were inside and inside = omg. My trainer even commented on how wound up she was. I don't think she stopped moving the entire hour and when we'd stop the exercises she was running around like a lunatic. And when I'd set her on the start line, she bounces up and down repeatedly and was spinning as fast as she could.

I feel like sometimes I should reign her in but I have a confession to make: I just am so glad she is physically capable of running around like that and having fun that I let her be wild. At 9 Nikki was so arthritic and had slowed down so much. I just feel really grateful that I'm even able to do agility at all with Summer, let alone that she is so fun.

But I probably should work some on focus with her, lol.

We also had Happy Mia again today. YAYYYYY.

Overall jump exercises went great but we need to work on getting them to drive in their weaves no matter what I do. they are great if I run along side them but if I stop or change sides they start looking for me.
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I feel like sometimes I should reign her in but I have a confession to make: I just am so glad she is physically capable of running around like that and having fun that I let her be wild.
That makes me smile so much. It's the same with Meg at this point, who is also 9. You want to be an idiot and tuck your butt and play bow and jump your contacts then yell at me? Rock on, old lady.
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That makes me smile so much. It's the same with Meg at this point, who is also 9. You want to be an idiot and tuck your butt and play bow and jump your contacts then yell at me? Rock on, old lady.
I think there's a rule that once you're 9 you get a free pass on everything.

For Summer it is 'go say hi to the photographer and totally jump in their lap and then run on top of all the tunnels instead of in them'.

Agility is easily Summer's favorite thing in the world and that just makes me smile. So glad I decided to try it with her at the tender young age of 8. That last fun run we did everyone was laughing hard at Summer. When we left some people said to us, 'Well SHE sure had fun!' Yep, she sure did.
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:07 PM
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This is Abe from two weeks ago. It's just the easy end of the course and he was tired but I was very proud of this run.
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