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2012 in Review: 12 dog related accomplishments

Now that we are officially into the year 2013, I have been thinking about what a huge adventure the year 2012 was for Bear and I. We tried some new things, we succeeded at some things, we failed at others. I smiled a lot, I laughed a lot, I cried a little. Below are some of the great adventures we had this year.

1. Bear became a senior: Bear turned 8 (ish) at the end of December so 2012 was his first year as a senior. Aside from some lymph node swelling (NOT Cancer thank god, just a viral infection, we figure) he has been happy, healthy and fit as a fiddle. That doesn’t stop me from worrying about every little thing or dishing out all the prophylactic supplements that I can.

2. We met sheep: Meeting sheep was fantastic – the fact that Bear did not kill a sheep was even more so! Bear’s Herding Instinct Test was probably one of the best ‘dog’ experiences of the year.

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3. We went back to Agility: Finally, business at the daycare is steady enough and I have enough of a routine that I could make time to go back to agility. We are behind many dogs Bear’s age but we are still having a great time.

Think he's having fun? I do!
Think he’s having fun? I do!

4. We entered our first Tracking Dog test: This was not a great time in the conventional sense but I stuck my neck out there, it was a learning experience and I’ll be damned if we go back and fail (as miserably) next year. Tracking-Test_thumb.jpg

5. Bear recovered from an iliopsoas injury: Not sure what started it but we managed to recover nicely with the help of a great vet, a great canine rehab therapist and a great canine massage therapist.

6. I attended my first online training class: The challenge of teaching classes and owning a dog daycare is finding time to train and someone to train under. The online Scent Work class gave us a great opportunity to work on our own at something completely new!

7. I judged at my first out-of-town Rally Trials: I had the wonderful opportunity to judge 3 times in Regina, SK. and had the opportunity to judge some wonderful dog & Handler Teams.

8. I made the switch to Raw feeding: After much consideration and a period of feeding both raw and kibble, I made the plunge. In hindsight, it’s not as big a deal as some make it out to be and I am happy I have made the switch.

9. I retrained the A frame contact for agility: I used Sylvia Trkman’s running contact method and have been thrilled with results. Since we made the switch we have missed a total on one contact in the trial setting.

I love A-Frame photos, they always seem to highlight just how powerful a dog's hind end is.
I love A-Frame photos, they always seem to highlight just how powerful a dog’s hind end is.

10. I developed curriculum for 4 new classes at Two Brown Dogs:

  • Novice Brain Games – Foundation behaviours for any dog sport
  • Advanced Brain Games – Advanced foundation behaviours for any dog sport
  • CARO Versatility – An introduction to CARO Versatility Exercises
  • CARO Novice Working Level – An Introduction to CARO Novice (now called Rookie)  Working Level Exercises

11. Bear and I earned 8 New Titles:

12. I accumulated 37 Continuing Education Credits towards my CCPDT recertification: In a little over a year, I have actually completed the number of hours required to recertify in December 2014.  I won’t bore you with the complete listing but you can see some of the seminars I attended here.

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CARS AAC Agility Trial: November 17-18, 2012

Two weekends ago, after our disastrous attempt at CKC Rally, Bear and I attended an agility trial hosted by Canine Agility Racers here in Brandon.

I entered this trial weeks ago but to be honest, I was not looking forward to it at all – mostly because I was exhausted. A trip to Calgary plus the fact that Sean has been immobile due to surgery has meant a lot of work, a lot of driving, as well as, cooking, cleaning and shoveling snow for 2 when I usually have help. Did I mention I teach two classes a week and attend two with Bear (1 in person, 1 online). This leaves very little time for sleep and I felt like a zombie – a tearful, tired zombie.

I did go, however, because it is a local trial (no travel expenses), Bear has been working very nicely in agility class (when we can make it), and I was hoping we would qualify in at least one snooker run and be able to finish our SGDC title.

On Saturday, we started the day with a nice jumpers run, very little barking, no sniffing and only one refusal – I was very pleased.

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She who is late on the serpentine shall lose her knees. Photo by Tom Will

Then things went down hill with both Advanced Standard runs. So bad in fact that at one point, I just decided to call it and leave the ring. I was way too frustrated to deal with the amount of barking that was coming my way. To be honest, most of our problems were handling (my fault) weave pole related.

At the end of the day was our Starters Snooker run. I decided to try the 7 point obstacle 4 times. We managed to do it 3 times and collect 34 points overall to and earning our Starters Games Dog of Canada Title! We earned the first leg of this title back in New Brunswick in 2007 so I was thrilled to finish it.

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Bear and I with Judge Dave Langen after earning our Starters Games Dog of Canada Title. Photo by Tom Will.

On Sunday, things went a little bit better. Our first run of the day was the Advanced Gamble. We collected enough points in the opening sequence and made it to the third obstacle in the gamble but Bear could not leave the tunnel alone. The distance was not too far – he just could not think through his insanity. The Advanced Standard run was equally bad with a lot of general stupidness around the weave poles.

By the time we got to the Advanced Snooker run, I was hopeful…there were weave poles in the closing sequence but if we managed to complete the 7 point obstacle 4 times, we would have enough points to qualify – we went for it. The 7 point obstacle was the teeter which Bear loves and the 2o2o contact we have slows him down enough to keep the insanity at bay.  We managed to keep it together enough to get to the teeter 4 times so I decided to try for the closing sequence but stop before we even got to the weaves to finish on a good note. This plan worked and we managed to qualify for a second time that weekend in our first Advanced Snooker run!

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She who is late on rear cross shall lose her dog. Photo by Tom Will

The last run of the weekend was an Advanced Jumpers run. The first half of the course was a bit tricky…with some tight crosses and call offs but I knew if we could get past the first half that the ending would be fine, it was basically a giant jump line…Bear’s favorite! Bear was very attentive, there was a bit of grumbling at my late crosses but no barking and we finished the jumpers run cleanly earning our 3rd qualifying ribbon if the weekend.

Looking back, I am actually kicking myself for not practicing the weave poles more. If we had managed to get every weave entry, we likely would have Q’d in at least 2 of the 3 Standard runs over the weekend.

My winter agility project is to make our weave entries as predictable and successful as our contacts – in the last 15 runs, Bear has only missed a contact once….If we can do that, then I actually think we might be able to get to the Masters Level before Bear turns 10!

A girl can always dream.

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CKC and AHBA Herding Trials – September 28, 29 & 30, 2012

Two weekends ago, Bear and I attended our first herding trials ever.

We attended a few classes this spring and Bear is getting better and better with the sheep. I am also getting better at handling so I was hopeful we would be able to at least achieve either a Herding Tested title under CKC rules or a Junior Herding Dog under AHBA rules.

FRIDAY

Our first run ever went much smoother than I had imagined, we made it around the course, Bear did his downs when asked and did not even try to grip sheep. It seemed like the run lasted forever but we were done in under 3 minutes. In hindsight it was the nicest run of the weekend and the judge even said it was one of the nicest Junior Herding Dog (JHD) runs he had seen in a long time – I was thrilled! There is no score in JHD runs, it’s a pass/fail evaluation, but we received “good” (highest evaluation category) for each element of the course!

Our very first Junior Herding Dog (JHD) run on September 28, 2012

SATURDAY

Our first run on Saturday morning was a CKC Herding Tested run. Bear was quite rested and wound up so I decided to use my ‘down’ cue a bit more to keep Bear off the sheep. He was quite vocal and I was worried that between the barking and trying to come around to the front of the sheep, the sheep might just decide to make a run for it! Of course, if you ask Bear, getting the sheep to change direction is a wonderful game – but it makes for a less than smooth run.  That being said, we made it around the course in under 2 minutes and qualified in our first CKC run.

Our very first Herding Tested (HT) run on September 29, 2012

Our second run on Saturday was well after lunch, the sun was blazing and it was around 25 degrees. The heat did not dampen Bear’s enthusiasm and we made it through the run quickly and efficiently, earning our second Herding Tested Leg and our Canadian Kennel Club Herding Tested Title! My videographer was in the city shopping so we didn’t get a recording of the run – just imagine it was nice!

Our third and final run of the day was just around supper time – it was around 30 degrees Bear was fresh as a daisy and held it together (no gripping!!!) and once more, we made it around the course successfully, earning our American Herding Breed Association Junior Herding Title.

Our second Junior Herding Dog (JHD) on September 29, 2012

SUNDAY

After earning our Herding Tested title on Saturday, I decided to move Bear up into the next class – Herding Started. I already knew we could make it around the course obstacles – even if I was no longer allowed to lead the sheep through. What I was not certain of was whether we would be able to get the sheep out of the sheep pen successfully and safely or if I would be able to call Bear off the sheep. The pen anxiety was a result of a not so successful experience in a round pen and the call off concern was a result of never having done an off-leash call off.

The first run of the day was a bit nerve wracking. We actually successfully took the sheep out of the pen – I went in with Bear and gave him the easy cue as the sheep were nearing the gate and a down cue as they left. I then called him out of the pen into a stay while I closed the gate. By this time the sheep were on the other side of the pen – Great. Another less than successful experience came to mind. The one with sheep running all over the arena with a large black blur behind them. The one where I was running all over the pen and left out of breath and hoarse. This went on for about 5 minutes. I was able to collect the sheep and make it through an obstacle but the sheep were quite wild and running like crazy for the exhaust pen gate. Finally the judge said “thank you, that’s enough” and I managed to collect Bear and leave. I was thrilled with maintaining control in the take pen so considered the experience an education. Next time, I get sheep that wild, I will call it much, much earlier and leave the pen before Bear has the opportunity to be silly.

A few minutes after the run, I was told that one of the sheep in the group I had was actually removed from the trial flock the day before. She was young, too flighty and (I assume) likely to injure herself. I assumed that the luck of the sheep draw was part of the game but we were going to be given the opportunity to re-run the course again, once all the other classes were complete.

The second try of the first run was at least a million times better. The take pen was under control (Yay!), we made it around the course without the run looking like a game of sheep-bowling (WooHoo!)….and Bear actually walked away from perfectly chase-able sheep…YEEEHAAAW! We re-penned the sheep and I left the ring feeling so much better about things. I had no idea how herding is scored so I was not sure if it was a qualifying run but I was sure that it was a huge improvement from the first try.

Guess what? We QUALIFIED! I know we placed 5th, I can’t remember the score.

The second run of the day and our last run of the trial was even better then the one before. Sheep made it out of the pen safely, around the course reasonably and Bear heeled away from the sheep with me again! we qualified for a 6th time that weekend and came in second place, earning a pretty red rosette!

ALL IN ALL

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Bear showing off his weekend loot!

All things considered, I was (still am) beyond thrilled we earned two titles and I learned a lot about herding in general (saving that for another post). After watching some more advanced runs with some really nice scores (98-99) I can see we have a lot more to learn and I can’t wait.

Having been to lots of dog events, I am never sure what to expect when I go to trial in a new venue. Bear was the only Rottie there and actually only one of two dogs in the trial not in the CKC herding group (the other was a terrier).  I really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and how encouraging people were. A few people mentioned how nice it was to see a Rottweiler working and both judges mentioned the Rottweilers they had worked with/judged/evaluated and I have a few more kennel names to add to the list of people to check out whenever we’re ready for another dog.

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Encore DogSports Rally Trial–September 22 & 23, 2012

Last weekend, Bear and I, along with our friends Bella and Renee went to Regina to judge the first ever rally trial held by Encore DogSports. Since I was judging two half days, I had the opportunity to enter Bear in 6 c-stream runs.

The trial was in a venue we had never been to. I was unsure how things would go for us, but I hoped we get the last two legs we needed for our CARO Silver award.

The planets aligned and we managed to qualify 3 times, earning the silver award and a pretty purple New Title rosette. We are also now one leg ahead for the Gold award.

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New Title? What’s a title mom? Do I get a cookie after this?

Needs Improvement

  • Bear did have some sniffing issues around corners of the ring. Especially those corners with doors that led out of the arena and into the boarding kennel. I can only imagine all the interesting smells wafting in.
  • Bear’s stand for exam seems to have deteriorated. He does stand but moves towards the judge a bit. When I give him the second cue to stay, he holds the stay but the movement and the extra cues lose me 4 points. we only have 10 points to play with in C stream so this is something we need to fix.
  • The value of salmon brownies seemed to fade on day 2 when Beef liver and a game of tug was the reward of choice.

Working Well

  • We had food bowls in 2 runs on Saturday and Bear did not even acknowledge they existed. the bowls contained dried rollover chips that many dogs found tempting.
  • I remembered to use our ‘rally routine’ of settle plus a bit of work prior to our run.
  • Bear was either with me 100% of the way, or able to recover from wandering off. Anytime this happens, I consider the run a success – especially when it happens in a new venue!
  • The building was rather echo-y and one of the dogs in our class likes to bark – a lot – this did not bother Bear at all.
  • I managed to stay cool and not get too frustrated during the one run where bear was particularly distracted.

Work Ahead

This was a great way to finish the year with Bear. I’ll be judging at the next trial in the area, so I’ll likely leave Bear home with Sean. We have a CARO trial planned for January 2013 when we’ll be offering the Versatility Excellent class for the first time . The main things we need to work on for January are:

  • Stand for exam
  • Figure 8 with distractions (maybe add toys since food has apparently been conquered)
  • Advanced and Excellent exercises on the right hand side!

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COKC Agility Trial – September 15 & 16, 2012

Last weekend, Bear and I were entered in our first 2 day agility trial in many years. We were entered in gamblers, snooker, standard and jumpers on Saturday and gamblers, steeplechase, standard and jumpers on Sunday. I was unsure what the weekend would be like, especially since we had missed the last two classes before the trial.

8 runs over the weekend and most runs were less than a minute long. This means less than 10 minutes of work in the ring but the 12 hour days left us both exhausted. I won’t bore you with the run by run details breakdown because I think I sum the weekend up fairly easily.

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Bear wondering when he can RUN again.
Photo by Marne Birch

Needs Improvement (I’m not using the word ‘bad’ anymore)

  • A bit of wandering, sniffing and general drifting from Bear, especially in Gamblers on the send out.
  • We only accomplished one weave entry out of 5 all weekend.
  • Arriving at 7am and finishing at 7pm was a long, tiring day.
  • Our distance work is non-existent in the gamble. I know we can do these distances in practice but after running the opening sequence Bear is a bit over the top which means lots of barking at me and not so much looking  for the obstacle.

Good

  • No barking and lunging in/out and around the rings in a very busy trial environment.
  • No apparent lameness – and I was stretching poking and prodding.
  • 100% on all contacts with a couple of rear crosses, something relatively new to us.
  • All the rear crosses in jumpers worked well for us I am glad we got to do a lot of work on them in class.
  • No knocked bars.
  • 3 qualifying runs
    • 1 Starters Snooker Q (first of 2)
    • 1 Starters Jumpers Q (second of 2, on to Advanced Jumpers)
    • 1 Advanced Standard Q (first of 3)

I did not get any video recordings, but my friend Marne took some lovely photos during our qualifying Advanced Standard run.

Chute!

Do you think he likes tunnels? I think he likes tunnels.
Photo by Marne Birch

Work Ahead

It is really clear to me that whatever 2×2 weave work we had done before is completely gone. Bear always got the weaves on the second try so it’s not the weaving but the entry that’s an issue. I am pretty sure I said I would work on weaves after the last trial and guess what, I didn’t – so I can’t really expect much improvement.

Now that we are at the Advanced level in just about every class, weave entries are going to determine weather we qualify or not.

Our next trial is another local one in November – I need to remember to get the 2x2s out of the garage and do some work!

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TPD/PDD August 2012 Rally Trial Recap

Last weekend I was at our own Two Brown Dogs and Prairie Dog Daycare Rally Trial. I judged two half days and entered Bear in the runs I was not judging.

From a Judging perspective, this was one of the nicest trials I judged. Handlers were kind and patient with their dogs, people  stepped up to help if we needed help timing or course setting and there were no dog/dog issues as everyone respected everyone else’s space. We had quite a few teams new to CARO and I think they all went home feeling pretty good about themselves and their dogs. Oh yeah, did I mention we awarded 21 titles over the weekend!!!!

From a competitor’s perspective, things were interesting.

Saturday

I judged first thing Saturday morning and it was a cool 13 degrees so Bear waited in the car. When it was time to start thinking about working I brought Bear out for a potty break and went through our pre-run routine of stationary focus work and a few tricks.

Our first Advanced C run was interesting. Bear was ‘with’ me but rather punchy – lots of jumping, forging and a bit of silliness. We lost 22 points for double cues and crooked sits. We did not lose any points for sniffing, licking or biting at the food bowls. From a technical standpoint, a cruddy run but from an attitude standpoint, just fine.

I figured by the time we got to our second run, in Excellent C, Bear would have calmed down a bit. I was wrong, he was even MORE punchy. We had to repeat a station and then a few more…all stations Bear usually does well. He did not appear overly spacey or stressed, just a little too excited to stay with me and pay attention so we repeated those we got wrong and he did them correctly on the second try.

By the time our 3rd run in Excellent Team came around, I decided we would do some mat work before going into the ring. We haven’t done the mat as part of our routine for a while but it was very effective. We did some settle and then went in to do our work, completing our half of the run with a 2 pt deduction for an extra command. Our team partners completed their half with only a few deductions and we qualified, earning the last leg we needed for our Excellent Team Title! I believe we are now the first to earn this title in Manitoba and that Bear is the first Rottweiler in CARO history to earn the CRXT.

Our 4th run of the day was in Versatility C. I love Versatility courses because Bear seems to work well heeling on either side and because Versatility courses are mostly novice level exercises. We had a few deductions for extra commands and for Bear moving slightly on a sit down walk around (my fault, I sat him so close to the wall I had to squeeze to get around) but qualified with a 191, earning our 7th leg towards our Silver award.

Overall, I was pleased with the day. No stress behaviors from Bear and the punchy-ness was easily corrected with a little settle work. He got to come out and wander around as we vacuumed up before leaving and he literally tore around the building – energy to spare!

Sunday

On Sunday, we only had two runs in the morning.

We had entered Excellent Team and while we earned our title on Saturday, our partners still needed one leg for their title so we were a bye team. We did our pre-run settle work and we had a nice run with a few deductions for crooked sits. We ended up with a score of 192 and a title for our partners!

Our second run of the day was in Versatility C. We did our settle work as before and Bear seemed calm and focused. The course was challenging with lots of angles. These courses are particularly difficult for handlers (where am I going?) and dogs (what the heck is my handler doing?) and the level of difficulty rises in C stream when a person only has 3 minutes to walk the course. Bear was perfect, I got a little lost and almost went off course. Once I found my way back to the course we finished off very nicely. Our final score was 198. We lost 2 points –and rightfully so – for the loss of flow/handler error.  This was our 8th leg towards our Silver award.

This is the first time ever that Bear’s behavior kept me out of a potentially bad situation. The fact that he was calm, attentive and engaged meant I could find my way back to the course without having to worry simultaneously about keeping him focus and finding my place.

Good Dog, Bear!

Our next, and likely last trial of the year, is in about 3 week’s time in Regina Saskatchewan. I am entered in 3 runs each day and judging 7 runs over the weekend. I am looking forward to taking our show on the road to a new venue and hoping that the work we have done at home will become evident in a new environment. I am also hoping that we can earn the final two legs we need for our Silver award.

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June 2012 Rally Trial – Wowzers!

While I am busy at an Agility trial this weekend (and recovering from it), I figured I would give an update of the rally which took place here in Brandon last weekend.

To say the least, this trial was interesting.

This is the first time in a while that we’ve had a trial in Brandon where I was not judging and so it was almost relaxing to ‘only’ have to worry about being be trial secretary and running Bear.

For the past few summer and fall trials, we have opted to hold one day of the trial indoors an the second day outdoors. This set up tends to give competitors the best of both worlds and, in case of inclement weather, we are only forced to cope with one day outdoors.

Since the new year, Bear has been coming to work with me on a very regular basis. He does not get to play much since he can be cranky with other dogs  but when he does come he gets quiet time in the morning, comes out at lunch while the others are eating and then more down time in the afternoon. Before other dog get here and during lunch I try to do 5-10 minutes of work at a time. For the past few months I have been focusing on:

    • A moving down on a verbal cue only
    • Straight sits when we are facing walls
    • 180 pivots left with only one cue.
    • Ignoring the food bowls
    • Working on both sides

These may seem relatively minor – straight sits are only a 1-2 point deduction – but in the C stream, we need a score of 190 or higher to qualify and those points seem to disappear rapidly.

Since we were at home, I entered quite a few events every event we could figuring that if he started to peter out or lose focus we would either do FEO runs and/or just stop all together. I never seem to be able to predict how Bear will behave at a trial so I always have a ‘worst case scenario plan’.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Advanced C (1) – This was the first run of the day and it included the dreaded food bowls. Fortunately enough Bear only paused momentarily to sniff them on the first pass and I was able to recover him with a quick “hurry”. The rest of the run was flawless. Both the sniff and the extra cue cost me 2 points for a total deduction of 4 points and a score of 196. This was our 3rd leg towards the CARO Rally Bronze title.

Advanced C (2) – This run did not include food bowls! *Big Sigh* The course went very smoothly until bear’s nose got the better of him at one of the pivots. I used an extra command to get him to sit (2pts) and then we continued on flawlessly. We finished with a score of 198! Unfortunately we already have the maximum amount of Advanced legs needed for the CARO Bronze title so this leg will go towards our CARO Rally Silver title.

Excellent C – This course was a short one but had the wonderful challenge of having to run by the jump within a foot of the jump standard to be exact. For dogs that have been trained in agility and dogs that have done a lot of jump work, jumping is reinforcing and a jump within a foot is the very picture of temptation. We made it past the jump without taking it but we did lose a few points when Bear popped out of the weave poles (-4), when he moved slightly out of position during the back up 3 steps(-2) and when I gave him a second “down” cue during the moving down(-2). I did not need to give that extra cue and should have kept my mouth shut we did manage to qualify however with a score of 192, earning our fourth Bronze leg.

Excellent TeamWe got to do this run with a team that finished their advanced team title just an hour before I don’t think the dogs had worked together before and we were in slightly cramped quarters in the small rung but both dogs worked very nicely. We finished with a score of 197 earning our second Excellent Team leg.

Versatility C (1) – This was our very first time competing in the Versatility C class. Bear was on the ball until the weave through legs when we got confused. I’m not sure what happened but as I told him to “go through” he for some reason came around in front of me, went through my legs and then stood behind me with a strange look on his face. Figuring we had botched that side change up and knowing we could not retry stations in the C stream I continued on. The rest of the run was perfect with the exception of Bear getting a bit ahead of me during the slow ace at the end of the course. We did not qualify in this run but if we had managed to perform the through legs station correctly, we would have had a score of 198. All things considered I was pleased. we were both really confused but able to pull ourselves together and keep going.

Versatility C (2) – During this run, I was more consistent with my cues and we did the side changes perfectly. We did however lose  3 points for a crooked sit during a pivot – ironically this was a pivot out in the wide open, not one that was directly facing the wall. We finished with a score of 197 and earned our fifth and FINAL leg towards the CARO Rally Bronze title!

What a wonderful way to end the day!

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Bear and I with Judge Patty Rollheiser (L) and Marne Birch (R) after earning our CRB title and High Scoring Senior Dog in Trial.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

On Sunday, the trial moved outdoors. Having had a wonderful day on Saturday, I was not worried about Bear’s performance outdoors. We practiced a total of 2 times in that ring and Bear had been hit or miss – Birds, Squirrels and smells were distracting – I did not have high expectations.

Excellent C – Our First run of the day was quite nice until Bear took the tunnel instead of the jump right beside it. In hindsight I did tell him “OUT jump” and I think the tunnel looked more inviting than the broad jump even though it was out of his way. This disqualified us instantly but we kept going and, had he taken the tunnel, we would have finished with a score of 195 – Bummer!

Excellent Team – We chose to go second in this run and started of nicely until bear got so distracted sniffing that he actually walked the broad jump – Instant NQ which was too bad because our team partners performed well.

Excellent Team – This time we chose to go first, in the case that writing a whole minute was just too much for Bear. Apparently it wasn’t our day because we pointed out with more than 20 points worth of deductions – most of them ours.

At this point, I pulled Bear from the rest of the day’s runs. It was apparent that he was not going to work or rather that the rain, and smells of the bush were too much for him.

On a positive note he did perform a wonderful moving down – outside – in the WET(!!!) grass.

Weekend Lessons

The lessons I took from last weekend are that:

  • A little bit of work goes a long way: No NQ’s on moving downs or food bowls and very few crooked sits.
  • The largest factor in Bear’s performance is stress/distraction, not time or number of runs. In our home training environment he qualified in 5 out of 6 runs. I did not have a lot of time to do settle work and he rested both in the car and indoors in the building.
  • I need to do more practicing outdoors if I want to see improved scores out of doors.

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