Well, we're half way through a fun, but tiring weekend. Friday we did an APDT Rally workshop with a judge from NY. She was all about making things fun for the dogs so that they work more brilliantly. It WAS fun. We did some motivational heeling exercises to start with, the did a "Mirrored" course, where two dog's ran the same mirrored course at the same time, side by side, and had to keep their attention on their owners.
Then we played a game called "Rally Jacks" where, like the kid's game of jacks, you started at a sit, went and did one rally sign, came back to the start, then went out and did two, then back, then three, etc. Level 1 signs were worth 3 points, level 2 signs were worth 5 points and level 3 signs were worth 7 points. You had 2 minutes to collect as many points as possible. Because people were just thinking about the game, and not so much about "perfection", the do's really got into it. Even those who tend to be laggy in competition, were flying from sign to sign with wagging tails!
We ended doing a course without being able to talk to our dog's at all. It was challenging, but fun. I think most of us realized that we talk a lot more than we have to!
Today we had two level 1 runs, and q'd both times. The first run,Kodi was very good. We lost a couple of points here and there for crooked sits, and I had a "stupid moment" and lost us 5 points at the very end for a handler error. But we still got a score of 198... Not too shabby. But our second run was FABULOUS. His attention never wavered, he was snappy and accurate, and I
didn't make any mistakes. We ended up with a score of 209!!! (out of a possible 210) It shows the level of this competition that a score of 209 isn't high enough to put you in the placings... The top dog's all scored 210, and were placed on their time.
Tomorrow we have 2 more level 1 runs, and a level 2 run. Keep your fingers crossed for us!