Skippy had his Rally Novice B debut today. SU and 2 friends drove him over to the show (I was already there with Emilu) because he can't stay in a crate without howling and whining. He was pretty wild at first, not paying ANY attention to me as he checked things out. I walked him around for a while, and we finally hung out for about 45 minutes in the ring area, watching all the other dogs. He was laying down snoring by the time we showed. He was very good - watching me most of the time, just made a hopeful loop torwards some big double doors at the far end of the ring, but other than that, did his 2 downs very nicely (including the dreaded moving down - where I somehow managed to drop the leash) and ended up with a 95! He didn't place though, there were several
better scores, but I was really happy with him Before the beginning of this year, I never had any thoughts of showing him.
Emilu however, really crashed and burned today in Open A. She looked like she was sludging though molasses for everything. We had 10 points off heeling, 7.5 points of ROF, and 5 points off DOR - she didn't even move from my side for the ROJ and she walked between the boards on the broad jump. Susan was there and said that I did my heeling VERY SLOWLY, which I didn't realize at all - felt like I was going fast - so tomorrow we're really book it and see if that keeps her interest up. If not, it's back to the drawing board for a while. We were working right next to the other ring, and I know she was nervous about that - but she has to be able to deal with that. It might be that showing really makes her too nervous and I'll have to re-evaluate some things. She was spot-on with her long sits and downs though!
Congrats on that first leg on Skippy!! Hang in there with Emilu ..... Open is a tough class. Tell Susan I said hello and hope she is doing well in her UDX quest.
"In moments of joy all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag." W. H. Auden
Linda, Kona and Bo
Congrats Skippy!! What a great score!!!
If Susan says you were going slow, you were going slow I practically run with Ruger in the ring now (at least that's how it feels to me).
Remember that in Open you are asking your dog to work independently from you, to make a lot of decisions out there without you. It is very stressful for the dog and a lot of dogs slow down when stressed. Hang in there with it, because it WILL come.
Ruger got his first two Open legs in one weekend. Then it all fell apart and it took us, I believe, (I've lost count to be honest) 19 shows to get that last leg (which was over two years of showing for me). But it finally came together again.
Congrats to you and Skippy..hope Emilu wakes up a little more tomorrow...good luck
YEA Skippy -- sounds very positive and great score.
Hope tomorrow also goes well.
(we debuted one of ours in rally nov today, too!)
Congratulations to Skippy!
Open is hard, that's for sure. Emilu will get there!
Nice job Skippy!
Today your heeling was better. She was troting even though she might not have been paying attention. You did slow down again on your figure 8. Over all she looked a lot better today and so did you!
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