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Rhett gets BOTH Novice Agility Titles & his
Open Standard Title !
-----I went to a
really BIG agility trial in Blackfoot, Idaho several weeks ago. It was
about a 6-hour drive so I went down Wednesday morning and we arrived in
Blackfoot about 4:00. The directions in the premium seemed kind of confusing
but I figured when I got there it would make sense....wrong! In the premium
it said follow the directions to the fairgrounds except do this, this and
this. OK.... once I got there both set of directions were completely different!
So I decided to follow the signs to the fairgrounds instead of the premium
directions - I really didn't want to get lost with that big trailer. Following
the signs did get me to the fairgrounds and after making a partial circle
around it and getting a bit lost as to which gate to enter we pulled up
to the "registration" booth. The fairgrounds there is HUGE and
because there was a big conformation show and obedience trial going on
there in addition to the agility trial it took a massive amount of organization
and planning to make everything come together. At the registration booth
they want to know who you are - etc. and then have someone on a bike take
you to your parking place. Everything is all mapped out before hand and
I must say the people that planned that event did a great job because everything
went really smooth as far as I know.
-----I got parked,
let the dogs out and started getting things set up for the weekend.
Thursday morning, I got up and let the dogs out, ate breakfast and then
went to the secretary and got my numbers and patterns. Novice Jumpers was
my first class and the second class of the day. I had to wait through the
excellent class which was HUGE!
for the walk through for my class so I figured out exactly what I was going
to do - or at least my "plan". Thursday was small to tall dogs
so I was at the end of the class - they had to go through all the 4,8,12,16
and 20 inch dogs first. Finally! My turn and Rhett was awesome. He Qed
and won first place! I had to wait through several more classes and then
the Novice Standard class was up - again I did my walk through and figured
out how I wanted to direct him through the pattern. Once again, Rhett was
awesome and Qed and won that class too ! I'm so proud of him - he is so
new to all of this but he handles everything like a pro.
-----In AKC agility
there are 2 different classes - Standard and Jumpers. The standard class
is where they have to do jumps and the see saw, A frame, dog walk, table,
tunnels, and weaves. The Jumpers class is all jumps and weaves. When you
get into the excellent level and try to go for your Masters the dog has
to be able to Q (Qualify) in both jumpers and standard. In AKC there are
also 4 levels and each dog has to start at the beginning and work their
way up. They start in Novice, then Open, Excellent A and finally Excellent
B where they can get their Master Agility Championship. And each class
they move up the patterns are harder and they have less time to complete
to the trial. The second day Rhett did great and qualified and won the
standard class! He completed his Novice Standard Title and tomorrow could
move up to Open ! In the jumpers class today he knocked a bar down which
is an automatic DQ in AKC....but other than that he was great.
day he knocked a bar in both the standard and jumpers class, which is very
unusual for him so I looked at a video my friend took of the class and
realized both times he knocked a bar I called him as he was in the air
over the jump to get his attention and both times he turned to look at
me while he was jumping and down came the bar - it was purely my fault
and a good lesson learned! Don't call out the next command until he is
OVER the jump! But he did debut in Open Standard and was great - he handled
the pattern well and was plenty under time to qualify.
the 4th and last day. He Qed in Jumpers and won so he got his Novice Jumpers
Title!!! I also ran him in Open Standard again and he qualified AND won
first again !! Yeah! What a way to start in the open class.
-----It was a
long hot weekend and we were all more than ready to head home even though
we had a long 6-hour drive ahead of us. I couldn't have asked for a better
weekend - my "Novice Dog" at his 3rd trial EVER got both of his
Novice titles AND 1 Qualifying run in Open. What a dog, what a dog.
-----It was fun
to be at such a huge trial. After our agility runs I would walk around
the grounds and watch some of the conformation dogs. The fairgrounds is
HUGE and it was just packed full of fancy motor homes, RVs, dog trucks,
vendors, and tons of people and dogs. It was a really fun experience -
especially having one of the best dogs in the world as my competition partner.
Billings, Montana trial July 22-24 Rhett gets his Open
our next trial was in Billings, which is about 5 hours away from us. It
was extremely hot - about 95 during the day
. So it was both a mental
and physical challenge for both handler and dog to stay cool enough and
focused enough to compete ! It was indoors but that didn't help much -
it kept the sun off of us but there was no air flow to speak of so it was
miserable! I kept the dogs in the trailer with air conditioning as much
as possible, which helped!
his Open Standard title at this trial! YEAH! Rhett and I both began agility
on March 10, 2005. Before that the ONLY thing I knew about agility is you
jumped dogs and it looked like fun. When I started out I never expected
to advance so quickly - 4 months and 4 trials later Rhett has both of his
Novice Titles and his Open Standard. We are now competing Excellent A and
when he gets 3 legs in there he will have his excellent title and then
we will move into Excellent B - where he can then start getting points.
I am so excited - he is such a great dog! So willing and honest - he always
does what I tell him ( I don't always tell him the correct thing ! and
so if there is a mess up out there it is my fault - but hey, we are learning!
And I am sure Rhett would say something like "Finally!")
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