So as I wrote on my facebook, on the way to the trial a weird thing happened. I was going down Green Valley Road and there were some pigeons and starlings flying around. They were having some kind of altercation, I wonder if the starlings may have raided the pigeons nests? Anyway, one of the starlings flew straight into my car. I heard and felt a big THUMP. I looked back and didn’t see any birds laying on the road so I was worried that the bird was stuck on the front of my car.
And it was. When I got out of my car at Argus, the poor bird was just hanging off my grill, which had been bent back. Crap. I cleaned it up as best I could, but I will have to take the car to the dealer to see if they can hopefully re-attach the grill.
Anyway. First up was T2B. Tally seemed pretty relaxed, it was a fun course and he did well, with just one bar and an off course. I watched the video after, and the off course was so my fault. Next up was Standard. Tally got it!!!! So so awesome. He was so good. Came off the table, but it was just too much momentum and it occurred to me we haven’t practiced table stuff in a while. Next was JWW. Well, we tried. There was one part where I was trying to get his head right out of the tunnel and I didn’t quite get to where I wanted to be and we really collided. After that he had the next couple bars. Understandable. But he was really listening good, we had a couple of nice rear crosses and he was so fast!
Now for the best part. In each of the three runs, going to the last jump, I said “get your leash”, and he jumped then ran right to his leash and didn’t even try to jump up at me or growl or bite. I cried. Such a big deal. I have to say — I had so many people try to discourage me from going the “get your leash” route, saying that it leads to problems with the dog trying to run to the leash if you pass it during the run. So when Heather suggested it, I was dubious. But Tally has pretty good focus and is pretty intense while running, I don’t think he even sees the leash until I say something. Anyway, so far it seems to be working.