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Old 04-08-2014, 11:50 AM
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The starters level will almost always be red-color-red-color-red-color-closing (2 - 7).
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:35 PM
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We are running our first USDAA snookers. Anyone have advice? It always looks terrifying.
Snooker is incredibly demotivating to Lucy (the complete opposite of nadac's distance and flowing courses). The time's we've been successful are the times where I was able to piece together a flowing course, and was able to think on my feet if she missed an obstacle (making her turn around just makes her stress go through the roof.) If snooker is the first run of the day, i will throw it out--not worth killing her drive for the rest of the events.

My friend's dog, on the other hand, is her shadow and does really well in close quarters. They find snooker reinforcing!
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:38 PM
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Mimi.. AHH. We're trialing this weekend. FOR REAL. I'm excited.
Yay! Good luck at your first trial!
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Old 04-08-2014, 02:39 PM
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Yay! Good luck at your first trial!

Gah it's Diesel and my first real trial this weekend as well! I am soo freaking nervous!

And I ordered from clean run last night, it shipped today! Awesome.
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Old 04-08-2014, 03:27 PM
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Yeah, I feel like a lot of dogs are either Snooker Dogs or Gamblers Dogs. I need to be very deliberate when planning a snooker course with Gusto that I DON'T plan a Meg snooker course. She is the snooker queen, and has been from day one. She can call through a line of jumps without taking one unless cued, her point of commitment is basically "when her back legs leave the ground", and running with me is her favorite thing. With Gusto (who I think will be great at snooker eventually), I make a point to make courses with more flow.

When I was really fighting for Meg's last couple of gamblers Qs for her championship, I would do a really easy snooker course if snooker came before gamblers, because I didn't want her to be thinking I was going to be calling her off stuff.

I still just plain love snooker! I like the planning, the thinking on your feet, and the fact that it is one of the few classes where my little hound who almost never pulls bars has the edge on all the BCs I usually run against!

In other news - I think I've decided that I'm going to break Gusto's stopped dogwalk contact for a while so I can retrain the obstacle. I'm mildly terrified. I just hate what his obstacle performance is right now, and it used to be fantastic.

This was his dogwalk right when he started on full height equipment:
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And this is more like what I get now:

That was a trial obviously (and a venue where he is uncomfortable), but it's pretty typical of the dogwalk we get all the time now.
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Old 04-08-2014, 03:38 PM
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Summer is pretty sticky to me vs a dog that likes to go out and do distance. I think a lot of it is the fact that when we did agility when she was young at the 'for fun' place a lot was leashed. Anyways, she is developing some tunnel-suck and last night kept taking the chute way out of the way during our 4 jump exercises! It wasn't even set up near anything.

We've done well with gamblers- I can improvise ok. snookers seems much more complicated.
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Yay! Good luck at your first trial!
Thanks! I'm really looking forward to it. Glad I entered this trial.. two days this weekend and next weekend we're running one day at the National!

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Gah it's Diesel and my first real trial this weekend as well! I am soo freaking nervous!

And I ordered from clean run last night, it shipped today! Awesome.
Good luck!! What venue? Glad I have another first time running this weekend!




Now that I think about it... how common is the broad jump in Novice courses?
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:29 PM
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Now that I think about it... how common is the broad jump in Novice courses?
There is always a broad jump in AKC Novice Standard courses. It's required.

Outside of Novice Standard it's not that common, but definitely possible.
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Good luck!! What venue? Glad I have another first time running this weekend!

NADAC lol, which seems to be mostly a joke to agility peeps, but it's what we train up here so it's what I compete in.
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Old 04-08-2014, 08:10 PM
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There is always a broad jump in AKC Novice Standard courses. It's required.

Outside of Novice Standard it's not that common, but definitely possible.
Hopefully I can get out to practice it tomorrow.. otherwise we may be spring boarding off the broad jump...
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