Thursday, May 03, 2018

Kili - CKC Agility Champion

A few weeks ago the girls went to their first CKC trial of 2018. It's a local trial, and one of the few times we go for a full weekend. I was especially glad we managed to attend both days since we will be missing most of the other CKC trials this summer due to my Ultimate frisbee touring schedule.


Kili was a true rock star. She had already completed all of her Jumpers with Weaves (JWW) that she needed so I did not enter her in any JWW runs. CKC is notoriously expensive, and so I had decided awhile ago that once she completed her championship I would no longer enter her in Standard or JWW, only in games (Steeplechase, PAD, Jumps and Tunnels). Unfortunately, only the Standard and JWW runs count of top dogs placements, so she will not be very high up the standings this year. However, since she was the #1 hound this year, I'm okay to let her slide a little in the standings and give that a rest.


She only needed 3 more Standard runs, and there were only 3 offered at this trial. Knowing Kili's Q rate is usually around 50-75%, I figured it would probably take 2 trials. However, she was a very good little girly and had a 100% Q rate for the weekend and completed her CKC Championship. She is now a dual agility champion in both AAC and CKC. Time to move on to UKI for the trifecta!


Sunday, April 22, 2018

OC Trial - Splitscreen Agility

Last weekend the girls attended a local agility trial and both did really well.

Kenna had a bit of bad luck in her Gamble. She had a beautiful opening, but the course time for the closing gamble was very tight and even though she did it, she had a little bobble that cost enough time that we were a split second over time... so no Q. :( She also had a really beautiful Challenge run that I didn't get recorded.


Kili ran really well and had a perfect trial. She completed her Master Team Relay Dog of Canada and got her 10th Masters Jumpers which completed her Expert Bronze Jumpers. Unfortunately, I didn't get either of those runs on tape.

Both girls ran a really nice Master Standard course and I have video of both girls. So I thought it would be really fun to split screen the runs and watch them run it against each other. It really highlights the differences in their running styles. Kenna is so compact and can turn nice and tight, and she collects nicely over jumps when asked. Kili has no clue how to collect and takes pretty much every jump in extension no matter how hard I try to convey to her that she needs to shorten up her landing. The result is that Kenna is WAY faster, even though their actual ground speed is probably fairly similar. Kenna saves strides by turning tight.


Sunday, April 01, 2018

SuperDogs - Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen's Show

 

The girls and I were invited out to perform with the SuperDogs, this time at the Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen's Show. It was a short, action packed couple of days, with 3 shows per day for 4 days.


I was really pleased with the girls. It was Kenna's debut (last time in Prince Albert she was just 5 months old and only did Pat'n'Chat) and she rocked it, performing in puissance, disc freestyle, weaves, relays, and she did some basket deliveries. Kili was also a good girl and added basket delivery to her repetoire.

The girls also did tandem weaves for the first time. Actually, I was surprised how easy it was for us, as I've watched a number of teams in past years work on their tandem weaves with lots of speed bumps along the way. Frequently, one dog will be very steady and know their job and the other dog (usually the younger or less experienced) struggles with over arousal/excitement leading to either popping poles or just running right past the entry and barking at the other dog who is weaving. Teams usually experiment with what the best order of dogs is. I've also seen teams struggle with the second dog popping the last couple of poles because the first dog is already finished. We didn't have any of these issues which was great. I experimented once or twice in the beginning with the order, originally thinking it would be best to put Kenna first since she is the faster weaver, and I thought if she couldn't see Kili she would be more likely to weave nicely, versus if she was behind she might get overexcited and pop out. As it turned out, for whatever reason they seemed to work better with Kili in front, and Kenna would actually modulate her speed as needed... if she caught up to Kili she would stutter step to let her get ahead a bit and continue without missing a pole. Our one hurdle was getting both girls around the barrel without them nipping at each other or trying to play, but even that worked itself out with a few practices.


Kili struggled in our very first show 2 years ago with soreness after puissance, and so I have been reluctant to let her jump as high as she can during shows. Luckily, a lot of the back issues she had when she was younger have become a non-issue in the past 2 years, so Kili was able to jump a personal best of 8 bars (with enough space that I'm pretty sure she would have cleared 9 if it had been there). Kenna was a superstar. This was her first time seeing a high jump, and she worked from jumping 5, 6, and 7 on the first day, to jumping 7, 8, 9.



The girls were pretty exhausted by the end. It's a lot of work for just 2 dogs (better than when I just had 1 though!). Until next time, these SuperDogs are back to their usual activity... agility! Stay tuned for lots of upcoming trials!



Monday, February 19, 2018

BLAST trial - Masters Dogs

I have been nursing a couple of injuries recently so the dogs have not been doing much agility the past couple of months. We have been focusing on obedience and some of our SuperDogs behaviours as we have a show coming up in March. However, the girls did have a half day trial this weekend where they had a lot of fun.

This was Kenna's first trial running some courses at the Masters level. She has moved up in both Standard and Jumpers, so she got to try a Masters Jumpers course and a Challenge. Challenge is a Masters Standard class that adds some extra degree of difficulty. There are usually some extra "challenges" on the course compared to a typical Standard course. We had a couple of small bobbles that we were able to save on this course, and overall I thought she handled it very well! In fact, she was 2nd across all heights, and if I hadn't made her hold her contacts and wasted an extra second or two she would have been first (but contact criteria is really important to me right now, it's well worth the extra time it takes).

Kili got a Q in Masters Snooker, but sadly no video... although she was a bit wild and there was a fair bit of yelling involved to keep her on track... similar to her Masters Jumpers run. She didn't qualify in Jumpers but I was quite happy with how she handled the course as it was very tricky. Kenna had baby dog brain and couldn't quite get her act together on the Jumpers run, but it was her very first Masters run so I forgave her. ;) Kenna is 23 months old now and I'm just tickled pink with how she's coming along. She's really something special.


Monday, October 30, 2017

19 months - Gamble Skills

A couple of weeks ago, I took the girls for a half day trial. I'm gearing up for a big trip to Argentina for an ultimate frisbee tournament, so I'm trying to conserve a bit of time and money, but at the same time, the next trial the girls would be able to attend isn't until mid-December... so I figured 3 runs each still left me some time in the afternoon to get some errands done!

Kenna picked up her first Starter Gamble Q, and she did it in style. What a show off! She did both of the mini gambles twice, and we even ran out of things to do before we ran out of time. She handled the main gamble with ease as well. She needs one more to move on up to Advanced!


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Kili - DAL Trial


Kili also had a very successful weekend at the Dogs At Large trial over the Thanksgiving weekend. She completed her Expert Snooker Bronze and her Bronze Award of Merit titles. The Expert Snooker Bronze requires 10 Q's in Snooker at the Master level. The Bronze Award of Merit requires 10 Q's of combined Standard and/or Challenge, and 25 Games (Jumpers, Snooker, Gamble, Steeplechase, or Team Relay).

Sadly I only got 2 of her runs on video, neither of which were particularly good. In her Master Standard run, she made an unusual error of popping at pole number 10. Her biggest weave pole issue is typically hitting entries... once in she rarely pops. Her Challenge run was really nice, but unfortunately that big, long stride was a bit difficult to manage on a tight portion of the course and resulted in an off course.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

19 months - Agility Dog of Canada

Kenna attended her second AAC trial over the Thanksgiving weekend. And what a trial it was! She was entered in 8 runs over the two days, with 6 being eligible for Q's and 2 being FEO (For Exhibition Only). She Q'd 5/6, only missing her very first run of the weekend which was Steeplechase.



On Saturday she picked up the last 2 Starters Standard legs she needed to finish her Agility Dog of Canada (ADC) title. It took Kili and I over a year, and countless trials to earn that title... Kenna did it in 2 days and 4 runs (you need 3 Q's for the title). She also was awarded the Judge's Choice award that day, for the best Starter/Advanced Contacts. The prize was a trial record book for recording your runs and Q's.

On Sunday, she picked up her first 2 Advanced Standard legs, and the final Starter Jumpers leg she needed to move up. Which means I really need to get to work on Gamble and Snooker now! We did struggle a bit with her dogwalk contact on Sunday. She is really coming into her own at trials, becoming speedier and more driven (as if we needed that! ha!) and she was having trouble sticking her 2-on-2-off dogwalk contact. She was going so fast that she was sliding right off the end. She was still making the contact so it's not a fault, but for control and criteria I really want her to stick it. We'll be working that even more in practice, and also in FEO runs at trials when the atmosphere really gets her excited.

Here are her Sunday runs: