We did our first ever APDT Rally trial this weekend. APDT Rally is a little different than AKC Rally -- APDT rules are a little more strict on how you can use your hands (i.e., you can't look like you're luring the dog), and you can only give one command. Well, I use my hands A LOT in Rally, and I talk A LOT in Rally, so I really had to concentrate on what I was doing and saying, so it didn't appear like I was giving extra commands. Our first run wasn't great, but we did qualify and we got 4th Place with a score of 198 (out of 200). Our second run was a little better, and we got 3rd Place, with a score of 204. In APDT, they have a bonus exercise at the end that you have the option of doing for extra points. So, that's how we ended up with more than 200 points. There were a couple of REALLY good teams out there -- they were a lot of fun to watch. Now I have to learn all the titles in this venue -- I'm not sure what title we're going for at this point! I do know we need one more qualifying score for that title, so hopefully by November I'll know what I'm working towards!
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