After a 2-year break from obedience and training in Utility, Kaylie re-entered the Utility ring yesterday morning at our local ASCA trial. We didn't qualify, but I was quite happy with her performance. On the Signal exercise, we got a 35 out of 40, for the Scent Discrimination Article #1, she got a 29 out of 30, we NQ'd on the #2 Scent Discrimination Article, she got a 28 out of 30 on the Directed Retrieve, she got a 29 out of 30 on the Stand for Exam, and then we NQ'd on the Directed Jumping. For her first go-out, she took the high jump on the way out, and then for the second go-out, she took the bar jump on the way out. But I was pleased that she at least ran away from me with no hesitation, which is the first time she'd ever done that. She would usually take a step away, then stop and look at me to make sure that she really is supposed to run away. And even then, she'd only go a few feet away. So we're making progress. I've decided to hold off showing her in any AKC trials, and wait for our ASCA Cactus Cluster trial in March. She had great enthusiasm in everything she did, so that's 90% of the battle. Must work on that "running away from mommy" is a good thing idea!
This weekend is the Arizona Wags for Wishes trial, so now we have to switch gears and get back into agility mode.
1 year ago