Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009: Our year in review

As I write this I had to dig up the last years post - for those who are interested in such things it's here.

  • My obedience goal for Teller was to get him through CDX this season. That didn't happen. While I think he's very technically competent on the Open (and Utility) work he's not there mentally. We had three obedience weekends this year and he thought the party was all about him (he's partially right). Stewards and judges are really distracting to him - particularly during heelwork where he's on his own so much. We squeaked out one leg this summer though - he's got to refocus his brain - I think perhaps a couple of jaunts into the breed ring might be the ticket and/or going up to Canada to work on a Canadian CD.

  • My goals for Teller in agility was his novice preferred titles. He did that and more. Between March and November in eight weekends Teller knocked out his NAP, NJP, NA, NAJ, OAJ, AXJ, and a couple of OA and MXJ legs and a few MACH points. It was a good year! I did see his a-frame contact fall apart and I'm working to fix it - it's going to be reps and reinforcement I think - build up a history of success now that he's got so much confidence in competition. Speaking of confidence - he's got it - and he's a blast to run. He LOVES the game and plays the game for the entire run. We had a small (and I mean small - twice maybe) distraction episodes out in Syracuse (his first trial) but that has all melted away. The boy knows his job and he's honest - ring crew and judges aren't as much fun as agility....{{now if only to get heelwork as fun as agility}}. Almost all of those legs were first or second placements (one third and one fourth) - we're literally swimming in rosettes these days and will have to come up with a creative use for that we're in Excellent B I'm sure that rosettes will be few and far between - but it's nice to dream ;-)

  • I didn't get an OA on Murphy. Murph entered more or less retirement, though he did come out and play preferred agility at the GMGRC show. He liked the easier game and he did seem to have a good time. Murphy got two NJP legs and finished his NAP - though I did see a stress issue in one of his JWW runs when he goofed an entry at the weaves. To be determined if I'll enter him in our other home show in April...

  • We didn't get out tracking - between the rain, rain and more rain this season and just not having enough hours in the day it didn't happen.

  • And the same thing happened with hunting and conformation - not enough hours in the day. For conformation Teller has to carry more weight and I'm just not willing to do that to him while he's playing agility. I'm just not willing to put him on a shelf in agility for conformation right now...

  • We're still looking for commercials and print ads if anyone is looking for a well-trained photogenic golden retriever!

  • As far as our last bullet item - we're totally having fun. I've (shocking I know) been able to keep things light and fun. Teller doesn't know this trial stuff is work and he's ready to go every time I let them out to the truck...
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