Since Tally has been steadily losing his startline stay, I decided to pull him if he wouldn’t stay this weekend. We had JWW first and for a second I thought he was going to stay. But no. So we walked off. Then in standard darn if it didn’t start with a tunnel. I decided if he met my criteria for that we would play. I just needed him to stay long enough to step away to the side a bit. Nope. Kind of a long drive to do this nonsense, I thought. Then, T2B. He stayed! So progress and we got to run. After the run, where he just knocked one bar (on the double), he tried to bite me. I grabbed his collar and was walking him over to his leash when the judge started yelling at me. I guess she thought I was being too rough. I was just holding him out at arm’s length while he twisted and jumped around. I was like, “sorry”. I was a little worried, I mean I don’t think I am ever mean to my dogs, but everyone watching came up to me and was like “what was she yelling at you for?” So I am not too worried about it.
Heather has been working really hard to try to get me to recognize the reasons Tally is knocking bars. She showed me last night that if I telegraph, say, a decel – nice and early and very clearly, he will not knock a bar. If I get to the spot I need to be in time to cue him effectively, he will not knock a bar.
I am kind of thinking that maybe part of the problem is that I am so used to running Hannah who has figured me out as far as when I am going to cue and where I am going to be, that I am being too lazy with Tally. I need to be clearer and faster with him, I don’t mean run fast, although that might help, I mean cue faster.
Just had a really good class last night and I don’t want the lesson to be lost.
Last week we did a day of USDAA. Tally was entered in Gamblers and Pairs, and Hannah was entered in Performance Grand Prix and Speed Jumping. Dang, I wish I would have blogged about this last week, I was super busy at work and I forgot, now I have forgot Hannah’s Grand Prix. I know it was a hot mess. Hannah was very sassy and oh yes, I forgot part of the course. Hmmm, maybe it is better forgotten. My friend said it looked like Hannah was having fun out there and I guess that is the most important thing!
Next was Tally in Gamblers. He did great! We ran around a bunch and I put him over a ton of jumps and he didn’t knock any bars! The judge called his Gamble good; but then got mad when she saw the time; she was like, “I couldn’t hear the end buzzer, the dog was barking too much!”
Next was Tally in Pairs Relay. I was surprised that during the briefing the judge said the dog can go on the contact 3 times!??? When did that happen? Well, it just so happened that Tally got on the a-frame cross-wise and he pulled off. It took everything I had to get myself to put him back on. I have been trained up by the AKC to never do that. I was happy we ended up getting the Q.
Next was Hannah in Speed jumping. She had a nice clean run, I overdid one part because all the big dogs were having issues, but if I just would have let her go, she would have been fine. I ended up calling her to me to avoid an off course jump and it was too much and caused her to have a refusal on the jump she should have been taking. Anyway, we still qualified despite that bobble, so I got to come back on Sunday for the finals. Since I had nothing else to do Sunday, I was happy to be able to do that. Hannah had a perfect run with the exception of one bar. We still took 3rd.
Okay, now for Olympic AKC. I took Friday off to play with my dogs. First was Tally in Time2Beat, he did great, just got a little over excited towards the end and crashed the last jump.
Next was Tally in JWW. Not his best effort. It was a tough course and I didn’t handle it well.
Next was Hannah in Standard. It was a seat of the pants skin of the teeth run. Ha ha. A course that had a very low Q rate. Hannah won!
Time for Tally in Standard. Pretty typical for him – I think we just had two bars and that was it.
Last was Hannah in JWW. I loved this course, I loved the way we ran it. For the first time in so long, I remembered not to wait for Hannah to come out of the tunnel – I just ran up to where I wanted to do a front cross and went for it. It was super, and another 1st place for Hannah!!!
The sad part of this report – Saturday I went shopping with my daughter and was gone most of the day. Came home to a lame Hannah. She did something while she was playing with Tally in the yard. I am going to give it a couple more days, it is her front, I think her shoulder. I don’t know, it might just be a badly jammed toe. Hopefully it is nothing serious.