....and I have exactly 29 training days until Piper's first 'fun match'! Yikes!
I don't even know what to expect (both from my dog as well as the event!) I am assuming it will run similarly to an actual obedience trial? Arm bands? Will I *actually* have fun?? LOL
She, Piper, is actually doing really well right now. Heavy emphasis on right now..... She can get a little wiggly during stand for exams. But, she was rock solid on a 3 minute out of sight sit stay and a 5 min out of sight down stay at class this week. Which is vastly different from the travesties which were the prior two weeks OOSS practices. *sigh*
A CGC evaluator will be there, as well. So, at the very least, we can try our hands at that!
In the mean time, I will be scouring every post on this section of the forum.
So you're doing out-of sight sits and stays and you've never even been to a match before? WOW! Your dogs should do great ;D I always get confused between the different things that happen in the varous matches. I took Emilu to a "C' match last summer before entereing in Rally Excellent and Novice Obedience, and it was run just like a real trial except your scores don't count toward anything. I think that most fun matches you can do training in the ring, you just have someone act as a "judge" who can tell you what you are doing wrong. Some allow treats, some don't. And yes -you should have fun ;D