For some reason, there are two ladies that we see at trials on occasion and Peyton freaks out every time he sees them. It's very odd...I remember during our Perry trial he would go nuts every time they walked by his crate - even when all of the windows of his crate were down and he couldn't see them. I can't recall ever having a bad experience, but for some reason he gets really upset around them. Today I knew we were in trouble when we went to the line and he kept trying to spin around to bark at one of them behind us and he stopped to bark at the other one during the middle of his run. He even started barking on the table and jumped off early.
We had our JWW run right after our Standard run and even though I tried to get him settled down, he was still very anxious and reluctant to go inside the ring. After one jump, he took off in the wrong direction to a tunnel on the opposite side of the ring. Definitely stressed - maybe tunnels are good stress relievers?
I'm really bummed. Not about having some bad runs, but to see him anxious and stressed out - that just makes me sad. I'm sure he'll recover, but it kind of made for a bad day.