Saturday, July 18, 2009

Mayflower Corgi and The Vermont Scenic Cluster

Wow, I'm already two trials behind in the blogging (and the website). Where shall we start...Over the 4th of July weekend we went down to the Mayflower Corgi Agility trial in Amherst, NH - great venue - has a similar feel to waggles - similar footing and similar construction - a bit brighter and newer and expensive :-)

Saturday started with jumpers (Open JWW). The open course was the excellent course with the substitution of a tunnel for a jump - it was actually tunnel to tunnel to tunnel to weaves - WHEEEEE! Teller had a great run and pulled off a clean run, good enough for a 1st and Q and his second OAJ leg. Standard was a train wreck - and I know that's all relative when considering the dog. Teller was really sticky at one point and I'm not sure if that was something I did or if it was just all of the heelwork I'd been doing with him. No matter - two refusals on a single jump, a mis-communication after the table and a botched weave entry was more than enough to NQ that run - BUT the good news is that Open STD course was pretty much the Excellent STD course with a different tunnel entrance and the "hard" parts we got! That's always a good thing isn't it?

Sunday started with Open STD - again a nice run - he hit all of the tricky parts from the excellent course (again basically the same course) and popped out of the weaves after getting the entry then popped out again at pole 10 the second attempt (refusal). Everything else was good and I was pleased - particularly a tunnel/dogwalk discrimination that got a lot of WAY more experienced dogs and handlers. Sunday afternoon was Open JWW and Teller NAILED the course - another clean run, another 1st and Q and Teller's OAJ title!

Last weekend was Open Obedience at the scenic cluster - right around the corner from our house. Teller pulled off a second and Q for his first CDX leg on Friday and then blew his heeling on both Saturday (visiting the judge) and Sunday (visiting the figure 8 post) - the little bugger came back and did everything else beautifully and competently. I need to get him over threshold in training - get him so amp'ed and excited and work through the excitement. I just can't fault him for having fun though!!!

Next weekend is another home show - Green Mountain Golden Retriever Club's agility trial. Teller is now Excellent A JWW and we'll hunt for an Open Standard while we're there. Murph is also entered now back in Novice preferred jumping 20 inches. This is really a test for him - does he like playing a less complicated (and easier) game or would he rather let the suck-up do all of the real work while he hangs out with adoring fans and free cookies?

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