First of all I shouldn't have entered her in so many runs (though to be fair that ended up being a bit of a saving grace because it allowed us to pull things together and not have a complete failure on the weekend). I thought that since she trains at this location and has had a successful (evening) trial there that there would be no major environmental issues to work around. But I was very wrong.
|Love the running dog walk!|
Took her for a jog on the road with me to burn some energy. Brought her back for her second run... even worse. It's the first run in the video I'm going to post. She left the ring, wouldn't recall, and was actually excused from the ring (you'll hear the judge say "She's done. Go get her"... yeah, easy to say, hard to do... I had to just stand with her until someone clued in that I needed my leash). I was beyond frustrated. I took her to a nearby ravine and walked her off leash for awhile trying to decide what to do... just call it quits for the day or go back for her last run? I finally decided to go back for the last run. My decision process was basically that I didn't want to bring her back the next day to the same thing... so if we couldn't pull it together in this third run I would just scratch her from Sunday's trial and stay home.
In her final run she did much better. Perhaps because I didn't have anyone videoing it. She was extremely slow as she must have been exhausted by that point, but she stayed with me and would have Q'd if she hadn't been so slow (we had 2 time faults). I felt better and thought maybe it was just an exercise issue and an overexcitement issue.
|She looks so good when she's on....|
|Pretty sure this is during one of her moments of madness....|
Since then we've just been taking it easy and learning from mistakes. If nothing else I am happy that we were able to pull things together as the trial progressed so that we weren't both completely frustrated at the end. I am also focusing on the positives. She only missed her weave pole entry once and she completed her weave poles every single time. Being the newest and, arguably, one of the most difficult obstacles I was very pleased. I may try entering her in a trial in November or December, but I will likely enter her in only one FEO run on the Saturday and then the Jumpers run on Sunday. Thanksgiving weekend we're going to stop by a trial just to play in the environment. We've been having frustrations with getting to class due to my work schedule which isn't helping us. At home she's been training like a champ, so we just need to focus on tuning out the distractions in class and trials. It's important to remind myself that she's just a baby dog still and she has so much learning and maturing still to do!