My view of the final round of the NOI
Here is my account of the final of the Obedience Invitational.
The final round was tough to watch (Holding breath the whole time) The Golden came into the Open ring and did a great job! Then Petra and Tyler came in and you could see that Tyler is just on the verge of bouncing around the ring! Petra is demanding every bit of self control out of this Big Black Field Lab (Jumps 26") For those of you that know top line field labs you know holding them back can be the hardest part.
He does well on all the exercises till the Drop where he gives a couple of whines while waiting (He wants to GO!!) she calls and he comes with a BARK!. Oh No!! this is probably going to cost him the NOC!! Finishes the drop and BJ. Then the Golden goes into the Utility Ring and on the first Scent Article Brings back the wrong one! But the team recovers and does everything else perfect!! Tyler and Petra go into the Utility Ring and again you can see Tyler just ready to explode!! Petra Never takes her eyes off of him. She acknowledges all judges questions with a nod like she doesn't dare say anything that might set Tyler off! Tyler does the articles with absolute certainty! The Moving Stand we hold our breath as he moves a front foot! Tyler finishes the Utility Ring with the Directed Jumping Clearing the 26" effortlessly. There is no doubt Tyler could have gone right back into then ring and done the exercises another 10 times in a row without a problem Petra was Totally exhausted! and very relieved and very very HAPPY!!!!
Tyler is very tough field dog that when he comes into a room he fills it with his energy! He isn't a dog that ever looks like he would have a meltdown in a ring. He was downed in between exercises to calm him down! and praise waited till after the ring was done. Not even a smile as praise while in the ring! Petra spoke in a soft neutral calm voice, not the high pitched voice we often hear of handlers trying to pump up their dogs. Tyler is a great dog and Petra is an even Better Handler!
Bringing an Intact High drive male into a building Filled with bitches in season and winning the NOC (Again) is a really great acomplishment! !
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