Mistakes I made this weekend
Ok Decided to try and get Amber Certified by a judge so we can then enter a tracking test, (AKC requires a tracking judge certify a dog before it can enter a tracking trial.) Ran into one of the only tracking judges in southern California this Saturday at an agility trial I was running in so asked her when we could get certified. She said she could do it Sunday after the agility trial was over.
So here are the mistakes I made
1 Amber spent 2 full 14+ hour days either driving to a trial or being at a trial or practicing field work down the street from the trial or competing for two days twere the temp got to 100 degrees.
2 I took Amber for a walk while the judge was laying tracks for us it had cooled down to about 90 by then.
3 Did not bring enough water to run two tracks (judge layed 2 tracks because she said newbies like me usually blow the 1st one by doing something stupid.
4 Ran Amber on the tracks even though she is having allergies right now.
5 Did not have my line untangled before we started the 2nd track and nothing kills a dogs motivation than having to restart and wait while you untangle a line.
I got a few things right and we did manage to qualify for a certification but only because I wouldn't let Amber quit. I had to use the F word to convince her that she had to keep going though (Fetch is the F word for a force fetched dog). One very tired, sneezing, panting dog found the glove, no thanks to an ill prepared non thinking owner! I will never again run a dead tired dog without enough water on a very hot day.
I think we will do OK at an actual tracking test and I am sure going to be much better prepared!!
Kelly and Amber
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