Sunday, October 18, 2009

Trial Recap

After a long (but fun) day at the Pet Extravaganza yesterday, we woke up early to head over to the local AKC trial. At least I can say it was a very predictable performance. I've been saying all week that I was pretty sure Peyton would be wild, and he didn't disappoint!

Started off with Excellent Standard - a nice course, but we took out the first bar (never a good sign) and headed up the a-frame instead of the tunnel. Had a few other bobbles, but on a good note, he stuck all of his contacts this morning! I'm still struggling with how to best set him up for some of these openings...since right now he tends to pretty much bolt in a straight line, I thought for sure he would be past the dogwalk entrance...I guess that's what I get for thinking. :)

Next was Open Jumpers - did *not* see that tunnel coming! Then he crashed through the double when I didn't give him any room (oops). I decided to proof some lateral movement in the weaves (which was nice), but then I pulled him off a jump (oops again). Forward first, forward first, forward first (reminder to self).

Another reminder to self - do not wear my "GO UGLY EARLY" sweatshirt when running said spotty dog! :)

The good news was that we were done by 9 am so I came home and went back to bed. After a very busy couple of weeks, it was nice to catch up on some much needed sleep! Although it was tempting to skip the trial this morning, I'm glad we went. Even though our runs weren't great, we still had fun.

And next week we're off to Miami for a four day trial. I'm really looking forward to taking a few days off - a much needed mini vacation, I suppose!


achieve1dream said...

Oh well, not every trial can go well. But each one is good practice. Good luck in Miami!!

Lisa said...

No one could ever fault Peyton for his enthusiasm! And those weave poles are the stuff handlers dream of...just beautiful. While not every run can be a successful one, Peyton has come a long way in a short time and has many awesome skills. Keep up the good work!

Kim said...

Thanks! And Lisa, I love his's hard not to have a big grin when I watch him run. Maybe that's my problem - I need to stop watching and start handling! :)