Sunday, March 31, 2013

Onondaga Kennel Assoc - March 28-31, 2013 (Part 1 of 2)

While it feels like we just got back from Oklahoma, it's been four weeks since our last agility trial - by design I absolutely needed the weekend before and the weekend after that trip 'off'. Rest, recuperate and recycle so they say.

Murphy's Rally Novice Title
April 1st, 2005
Salt City Cluster
Every spring we make a trip out to Syracuse for the big Salt City Cluster. Hard to believe but this was out ninth consecutive trip to this show - the first back in 2005 with Murphy in Rally Novice A. In 2005, Murphy Q'ed 4 out of four for his RN just one day before his first birthday.

Since then we've been back for conformation, agility, obedience and rally - for Murphy, Teller and now for Kipling. Last year I juggled multiple activities - Obedience and agility, this year we stuck with agility and introduced a second dog :-)

Teller made his agility debut at the Syracuse shows (in 20" preferred) back in 2009 when he was 27 months old:

Kip in his short agility career so far (his first trial was in late August 2012) has trialed in just two locations. Small one ring 330 run trials. Not a lot of chaos, not many spectators - though plenty of small spaces with lots of canines. Syracuse is a whole 'nother ball of wax entirely. Spectators, dogs, children, strollers, noise and general chaos on all four sides of the ring. A busy two-ring trial with lots going on. This was a test for Mr Kip - I entered him all four days, thinking that might be a mistake - but I really felt like he was ready, was focused and would be able to cope with all of the distractions - even if he did get distracted, we'd work through it. I was 99% sure he wouldn't leave me to go exploring outside the ring and figured there would be something to learn even if we had to go into remedial trial mode.

With a four day trial each dog had 8 runs - sixteen runs total. I'm going to break these into two posts - one covering Thursday and Friday and the other covering Saturday and Sunday. For comparison sake I'll include videos by class instead of by dog. You can watch Kip run the course and then Teller run the course (though I'm missing a couple of videos) - all four days ran tall to small so Kip got to be guinea pig every day :-)

Thursday Standard:Teller: Q!

Thursday JWW:
Kip: NQ with a distracted refusal at the weaves

Friday Standard:
Teller - NQ with a table fault/fall off table.

Kip - a hard-earned Q with a few weave call-offs! The Wrong course call was reversed by the judge after we finished our run.

Friday JWW:
Kip -  NQ RWF on a mis-read serp-line. He needed a bit more support there!

Teller - Q! HOT!

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