That pretty much sums up our two runs at the AKC trial this past Sunday - and it's not just my phrase...I've been hearing it quite often lately!
I decided to enter Peyton one day at at trial in Tampa last weekend - mainly to give him the opportunity to run in a new location. He's been handling all of these new trial environments very well...much better than I would have expected.
We started with Standard and oh what a nasty opening! It was a very tight jump-270-dogwalk opening with the dogwalk on the left and an off-course jump on the right. I knew that the chance of him not taking one or the other was very slim so I opted for the off-course jump. :) He had some really nice moments in this run, including a great independent dogwalk contact, although I can't believe that he went to the table after I released him! Considering our table-woes, I can't really complain too much. :)
This was a one ring trial so we had quite a long wait in between runs - I think we ran JWW 6 hours later! I'm not sure if that had anything to do with our wild run, but it probably didn't help much.
I've decided that must Peyton think that the rules of JWW should be:
1. He who takes the most jumps in the shortest amount of time should win
2. Bonus points should be awarded for creativity in course execution
Actually the last half of this run was great! I should probably be annoyed when he decides to do his own thing, but it's really hard not to laugh at his antics. I'm sure there are some that think I should pull him from the ring, but I'm not sure that will solve anything. I guess I'd rather have the enthusiasm now and hope that (more) control will come with time and experience. It's really tricky when you have a soft dog that has the potential to shut down very easily.