I took Murray to the USDAA agility trial this weekend. We had 1 std run on Sat and we were supposed to run std and jumpers on Sun but everything was running late so we only ran std because we had to go to a concert that night.
We NQd both days but his attention was SO much better. I think I might have my agility dog back. ;D We still have a weave issue but we had that before the attention issue.
Sat we NQd because of me. We had an obstacle discremination between the dog walk and a tunnel. I said "tunnel" but didn't push him out far enough. : Sun we NQd because of him. He refused the weaves once so I put him back in. He then popped out at #8. He had already knocked a jump so I didn't bother going back. I wanted to keep the attitude up.
Sun while we were waiting at the start line, Murray keyed in on some pink surveyors tape that was on the ground blowing in the breeze (it was encircling the extra equipment). He started straining forward and whining. I thought "Great! There goes his attention." I growled "Leave it" and grabbed his scruff for a quick shake (there was someone else on the course at the time so the judge wasn't watching me thankfully). That's all it took. He immediately focused back on the start of the course. ;D I was still slightly concerned about leading out because he would have to run past the pink tape so I ran with him instead. He kept his focus thru most of the course until he popped out of the weaves and ran over to the timer's table but he came back when I called. I'll call it a success. ;D
Lydia, that is wonderful!!!!! Sorry about the NQ's but the positive of the attention makes it ok! Congrats on the success!
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Sounds better for Mr. Murray. You can get away with a lot at the start line. The judge rarely looks at you there
Aren't you doing Novice? In novice all you need do is attempt the weaves and you can still Q.
Wait, nevermind, that's AKC. You were showing USDAA. :P I think USDAA is much harder. The courses are more spread out and you have to run them clean and under time to Q even in novice level. Ruger needs a leg in Jumpers and Standard to title in USDAA. In AKC he needs a leg in Standard and Jumpers to move up to Excellent. Go figure.
Keep it up. Murray sounds as butt-headed as Ruger is.
I wish you guys lived closer ;D
Are corrections in the ring an automatic disqualification for USDAA like they are in AKC?
I'm assuming so? (since it was done while the judge wasn't watching)
Zeke RN, agility miscreant and CGC failure
Glad he's doing better, though I'm sure you can guess how I feel about using harsh corrections around agility obstacles even if no one is looking :
Weave entries and popping out are not faulted in USDAA Novice as long as the poles are successfully completed.Yes ... in all organizations I believe ... I think most of them also technically don't allow corrections on the trial grounds at all, but definitely not in the ring ... but then, rules for start line aren't enforced very much ... I've seen a guy in AKC Excellent pull a treat wrapper out of his pocket to get his dog to focus on the start line, and then put it next to his leash for the leash runner to take to the finish line, ...Are corrections in the ring an automatic disqualification for USDAA like they are in AKC?
Touching the dog in any venue is an NQ.Originally Posted by ZRLUSDAA is actually the one where you can place (but not Q) even if you have faults BUT you still have to complete the course. AKC you have to run clean even for placements.Originally Posted by raianMe too!!Originally Posted by raianThe judge this weekend said that USDAA is changing this. I don't know when...1st of the year maybe?Originally Posted by agilityretrievers
I haven't heard that but it wouldn't surprise me. They're adding performance pairs the beginning of next year so they might sneak the weave pole bit in there at the same time.