I've had some technical difficulties the past couple of days so I haven't been able to keep up - I think I've got it worked out now though! So here goes the past couple of days:
I showed Kaylie in obedience first. She did a pretty good job, but didn't qualify. They ended up moving the obedience to a different building - this building smelled bad (it was called the Livestock building - I'm guessing they put cows and other farm animals in there for various events). And it was loud and everything echoed. Our ring was right next to the Open ring where they were throwing dumbells. The dumbells definitely caught Kaylie's attention, so she wasn't focused 100% on me. Her signals were good, she got both of the correct scent articles, she got the right glove, but on the moving stand, she didn't stay - she kept walking with me. That ended it. Bummer! And then the go-outs were non-existent. She ran to the jump closest to the Open ring, barking the whole way - I thought for sure she was going to jump the baby gates to go get the dumbells! Crazy girl. Oh well - there's always next time!
Next came our Brace obedience with both Kaylie and Conor. Brace is when both dogs are connected by a coupler and you do the Novice exercises. They actually did pretty good, although we had a couple of no sits on our halts. But overall it was a good performance and we ended up placing 3rd.
Next came our Team obedience. What a crack up!! Team obedience consists of 4 people with their dogs. Again we perform the Novice exercises. The only difference is for the recall, we have to drop our dogs in the middle of the ring. First one person calls their dog, tells them to down, and then it goes down the line, meanwhile the first dogs have to stay in the down position. The perfect performance would have all the dogs lined up in the down position in the middle of the ring. Of course that didn't happen with us, but we did pretty good. The twist we threw in this year was that we all dressed up as sheep. We each made our own sheep costumes. Boy were we ever the hit of the show!! We were like movie stars - everyone wanted to take pictures of us. We ended up placing 3rd.
Conor also did agility today. Today was just the Open Jumpers runs. He placed 1st in his first Jumpers run, but NQ'd on the second run. He was a little crazy and I had to really work to keep him on course. He ended up 1.13 seconds over course time. BUMMER! So close. But his first run was absolutely beautiful!
Thursday I just had agility. I had both dogs in Open Standard and Kaylie was in Elite Jumpers. I'm very proud to say that we qualified in all of our runs! I can't remember the last time I've Q'd in everything. Kaylie got 1st place in her first Standard run and then 2nd Place in her second Standard run. Conor got 5th place in his first Standard run and 3rd place in his second Standard run. Kaylie qualified in both of her Elite Jumpers runs, and placed 13th in the first run and 17th in the second run. This is still pretty good because there are well over 100 dogs in this class. And that also finished her Elite Jumpers title. Wooo hooo!!
We have just one more day to go. I'm hoping the weather is better for Friday. Thursday it was EXTREMELY cold and EXTREMELY windy. I'm guessing the highs were in the 40's. NOT good for this Phoenix girl!
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