Friday was an easy day for us. I had only entered Jake in the 'warm up games' which basically meant I had paid $5 each to take him in the ring twice, where there was a full set of equipment and we had 2 minutes each time to do whatever we liked. So I did a bit of a course and ran him over the dog walk and teeter a few times, with no problems. Yay, so far so good! This was equipment from the same manufacturer that had supplied the equipment for Regionals.
Saturday was when the real Nationals competitions began.
So much for getting back for some breakfast before our first run. Well at least Jake had had his.
The next class was Gamblers. Hard to get a lot of points in the opening, and the closing was hard too, which we did not get. Not that Jake wasn't capable of getting it another time.... Well I did say I was going to Calgary to have some fun. Generally, what you get out of something is related to the effort you put into it, and I certainly haven't put effort into any agility training lately. Does it sound like I'm making excuses, well yeah, probably...
Certainly see a ton of things to work on when I watch this. He wasn't going to do that teeter without me there holding his hand, I mean paw...
The Standard run didn't go any better. TWO! off courses:( The first one was my fault. Forgot to make sure he didn't get sucked into that tunnel, and then not sure what happened when he decided to duck behind me and hit the a-frame instead of going into the weaves. Susan Garrett et al would be horrified at him ignoring the reinforcement plane and him going behind me like that. Probably having taught him a 'behind' command comes back to bite ME in the behind sometimes. Speaking of Susan Garrett, wow, loved seeing her and her dogs run in person. Talk about fast, and accurate.
Well I'm having trouble finding that Standard run. I can never remember the steps I have to take to get my videos in a format that I can upload to Youtube, so I do a lot of trial and error and somewhere I have lost that video. Well I 'moved' it, and now I can't find it! So maybe later I will post it, not that you are missing anything anyway.
Hornblower, you would have loved it at the Nationals! Well not sure if that dog/handler connection after their run was any more obvious, but the spectators got to sit close to the action! They were on a small hill, with benches, and in the shade and there was a great person on the PA system giving lots of information as to what was happening in the rings in front of them, and explaining how the different runs were run and judged. This is the only picture I have. See that white fence on the right, the spectators were between that and the white building, in the shade. The three regular rings were about 10 feet on this side of that fence. It was great!
Those were our chairs in that nice shady spot at the front of the photo.