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First Novice Trial - Day One

The day was a good one. Had the opportunity to meet in person some of my friends Havana Silk Dogs and Cuban imports they brought along for me to see at this show. They were lovely but there wasn't as much time to visit as I would have liked between my classes. Both of my dogs qualified which was nice.

The boy got a score of 89 out of 100 and the girl a 90. The boy suffered from "disctracteditis" a bit as our ring was located just under the mezzanine and the stairs to get up and down from there...lol...every time someone walked on the stairs or opened the door up there he just had to take a look. Arriba wasn't much better and wasn't til her class I remembered to ask hubby to film for me, too busy trying to visit. Hope tomorrow goes as well. Gonna be a 6 AM morning for us to get there on time so I hope I have my act together and the dogs at least half groomed/presentable and my course memorizing skills working.



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Good stuff, nice looking facility. What city in Alberta are you ? Keep up the great work .

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Good for you!!! I can't wait to hear about your second day! Your little girl looks adorable!


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Good stuff, nice looking facility. What city in Alberta are you ? Keep up the great work .
Show was in Edmonton Dave.


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Good for you!!! I can't wait to hear about your second day! Your little girl looks adorable!
My girl thanks you for the compliment Karen. My second day was a "Kill the Handler Now" kind of a day, I made the stupidest mistakes. My run with the boy netted a NQ, he did all of the elements and lost some points because he was veering towards where Arriba was and accrued some tight leash penalties and an out of position sit BUT I lost us ten points by incorrectly performing a station. The kicker was that my husband took the time to come find me to tell me when I was doing a warm up that the judge had told everyone he wanted a straight entry into the straight figure 8 weave twice when I wasn't there and I waved him off and didn't listen because I was concentrating and he was bugging me. I did it wrong and didn't even realize I had until I got the the score sheet and was confused with the NQ. Was then that my husband reminded me that he had tried to tell me...Dave will love that, men like to stick together.

The girl was super good except for a not too straight sit but I messed up again. I was so happy with her and got ahead of myself thinking about the problem I caused with the boy that...can't believe I did it but I was supposed to do a spiral right dog outside and I started the pattern for the weave and had already stepped a foot into the weave pattern and realized it but it was too late to try and fix it. Lost 3 points again on a redo but the good news is she did get a qualifying score of 87...dammit she/we would have had a 90.

It was still fun and some good lessons learned even though I did have to admit to the man that YES he was right...for once in 35 years.


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Loved your video!!! You just have to keep going out every chance you get. I try to get out to the show and gos (I know we have more here) as I am a klutz...its just confusing. I am working at not watching my dog...I have been told that my dog will do fine if I worry about me (foot work). So I think its great your doing it and doing it well!!! I do the rally with my girl Misty and at the end of class I take my little Bolonka out, she is just mastering basic commands but I think she reads the signs.

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Forgot to add my DH is not allowed unless we are stewarding and our dogs are not going to show...he makes Yogi whine!!!! Then they both whine!!! Then I need wine.

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Forgot to add my DH is not allowed unless we are stewarding and our dogs are not going to show...he makes Yogi whine!!!! Then they both whine!!! Then I need wine.
You are both so funny about the DH thing...

Dave has NEVER come to a trial with me. But this last weekend, we were heading off for a week of vacation, and did the trial on our way. He was still asleep in the trailer when I went inside for the briefing, waited my turn and started to warm up. JUST as I was about to turn for the in gate, who shows up?!? Well, Kodi usually goes NUTS when he sees Dave, even after a few minutes out of sight. JUDT what I needed as I was heading into the ring. Dave headed toward me to say "hi", and in a panic, I said, "NOW is NOT a good time!". He never said a word, and turned around and left.

We didn't liveit down for the rest of the trial. Everyone kept jokingly asking if I'd gone out to check if the trialer was still there... Had he left without me?. I did make it up to him later, and he came in to watch on Sunday. He just knew to arrive in plenty of time so that Kodi could get his "meet and greets" out of the way BEFORE he warmed up!


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My girl thanks you for the compliment Karen. My second day was a "Kill the Handler Now" kind of a day, I made the stupidest mistakes. My run with the boy netted a NQ, he did all of the elements and lost some points because he was veering towards where Arriba was and accrued some tight leash penalties and an out of position sit BUT I lost us ten points by incorrectly performing a station. The kicker was that my husband took the time to come find me to tell me when I was doing a warm up that the judge had told everyone he wanted a straight entry into the straight figure 8 weave twice when I wasn't there and I waved him off and didn't listen because I was concentrating and he was bugging me. I did it wrong and didn't even realize I had until I got the the score sheet and was confused with the NQ. Was then that my husband reminded me that he had tried to tell me...Dave will love that, men like to stick together.

The girl was super good except for a not too straight sit but I messed up again. I was so happy with her and got ahead of myself thinking about the problem I caused with the boy that...can't believe I did it but I was supposed to do a spiral right dog outside and I started the pattern for the weave and had already stepped a foot into the weave pattern and realized it but it was too late to try and fix it. Lost 3 points again on a redo but the good news is she did get a qualifying score of 87...dammit she/we would have had a 90.

It was still fun and some good lessons learned even though I did have to admit to the man that YES he was right...for once in 35 years.
Well, it sounds like you learned a lot too!

We had a mixed-results weekend too. Kodi earned his APDT ARCH on Sat. Morning with two good scores of 202 (out of 210). He earned a 207 in his level 1 run in the afternoon, but He seemed tired to me, so I scratched him from the level 2 run. He seemed brighter Sunday morning, and we got a good score of 208 in level 1. Then when we walked the level 2 course, I was really nervous, because a station that we find REALLY hard was on it. You have to leave the dog in a sit stay, run away from them, then call them to front. It's really hard, and a lot of dogs NQ on it for breaking the stay.

We started the course, and he was doing very well until we came out of a sharp corner into the send out to jump. He usually has NO problem with this, but I guess it just surprised him, being right out of the corner, and he ran right by it. NQ! Oh well, then the pressure was off, and we had a great time on the rest of the course, including the stay, run forward and call front!

All in all, I couldn't complain. We were entered in 6 classes, Q'd in 4 of them, got 5th place in one (they were all BIG classes) and finished our ARCH. I still think I did the right thing scratching him when he seemed tired, and the NQ was the "good kind" where you know just what went wrong, and can avoid it the next time!

Sound like you did a great job over all on your first time out, and learned a few things to keep in mind for the next time!


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Loved your video!!! You just have to keep going out every chance you get. I try to get out to the show and gos (I know we have more here) as I am a klutz...its just confusing. I am working at not watching my dog...I have been told that my dog will do fine if I worry about me (foot work). So I think its great your doing it and doing it well!!! I do the rally with my girl Misty and at the end of class I take my little Bolonka out, she is just mastering basic commands but I think she reads the signs.
I wish we did have more chances to get out but there aren't any show and goes offered. I am a habitual dog watcher too, as you saw, I do it all the time everyday so I don't step on them. So funny you mentioned the signs as last fall since I am mostly a home schooler with an occasional coach I had to make all of the signs for practicing. Had to dig up this pic he took. The dogs were helping...lol...lie, they just like paper but my DH made the comment that it was a good thing the dogs were studying them. Looking back it is clear that the boy slept through the study part while the girl was paying attention...That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Please pass me the wine.



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