Kili just completed her first event with the SuperDogs in July. We did a 10 days stint at Edmonton's K-Days. Old man Summit got to come along and play a bit too!
It was definitely an interesting experience, and also an exhausting one. The cast and crew put on 3 shows a day at 2, 5 and 8 PM. It was long days for the dogs, and for the humans too! I was very pleased with how well she handled the new equipment, and also how she handled all the distractions. It would be unreasonable to expect her to not be distracted at all, but I found that it was quite manageable. She noticed the crowd the most during frisbee events where she would take a moment to look around after catching the disc instead of running straight back to me, but she hardly seemed to notice during agility events.
|Kili in Close Encounters|
|Kili taking the long jump in Star Wars|
Doing such a long stint I did uncover a few things that are good to know going forward, that I hadn't really considered going into this. The first is that we need a conditioning schedule leading into these shows. We don't routinely train this hard, this many days in a row, so it's helpful to work up to this level of activity. Of course, it would also help if I had another performance dog so they could each get some time off every few days... I suppose it's time to start thinking about another puppy! ;) The other thing I hadn't considered was that Kili isn't used to running on carpet every day, and so we are now working on tolerating Vetrap on our feet for future events.
|Returning with the disc. Learning to wear Vetrap!|
|Back vault during Stunt Dogs|
|Puissance - 4 bars, the lowest height Kili jumped in the show|
|Summit and I walking down the hallway to the stage entrance.|
|Summit and I having some quiet time on stage during opening.|
|Summit loves Pat'n'Chat!|
|So many treats!|
Here's a video compilation of Kili's performances: