Our jumpers run was becoming a bit of a mess so I decided to just try and keep moving so Peyton wouldn't get frustrated - we kinda made up our own version of this course. Peyton thought it was a pretty good plan. :)
I'll admit that I'm a little disappointed with our runs this weekend. I think for the most part Peyton did awesome, but I felt like the old saying "great dog; shame about the handler" applied to me. :) Granted, Peyton is not the easiest dog to run, but he does try really hard to go where I tell him to. I just need to keep reminding myself that we're still learning how to run together as a team and it's going to take time. Especially since I've been making some adjustments to my handling approach lately...I need to be a little more...patient.
On a good note, I do think on the whole we handled some really tricky areas pretty well. There were a few courses that seemed pretty choppy and demotivating and we made it through them without a ton of off-courses, so that's a good thing! I am glad that I made a late decision to run in USDAA next weekend and not the AKC trial that I was originally planning. We'll have a few more runs and hopefully a few more opportunities for *handler* reinforcement. Peyton gets cookies after every run no matter what he does, but I want a clean run! I even entered snooker, which I generally detest, but will try very hard to have fun with it. :)