We finished up day 5 of agility trialing today and Peyton was awesome. I didn't have great expectations after looking at the course maps, but we did much better than I expected - only 1 mistake on each course. And both of them were my fault.
I was a little rattled during our Standard run...Peyton was very wound up and anxious before we went in the ring. He was shaking (it was COLD) and was jumping all over the place. It was enough to make me nervous (I usually don't get nervous) and the entire run felt a little frantic. Despite the rough start, he ran very well and only had one off-course when I didn't have his head before the a-frame.
Next was Excellent JWW and I really didn't think we had a chance on this course. When Peyton nailed the opening, I was so surprised that my mind went blank and I couldn't remember the rest of the course. Somehow we managed to make it around, but I didn't cue the turn before the weaves and he took an off-course jump...entirely my fault!
This was really a great week of trialing for us! I feel like we both gained a TON of experience in the ring and some much needed confidence. In just the past two days we've had four courses and none of them were what I would consider Peyton friendly. Yet we only had four mistakes and three of them were handler error. That tells me that I need to trust my dog and our training a little more!