It's been a while since I posted anything about our performance activities. The weather has been SO inhospitable here - very hot & humid - so we are very lucky to have air-conditioned places to train and compete. The time practicing down our basement is paying off, as Brutus and I just had our best weekend of trialing ever!
We ran in 5 events over two days (JWW, Std, and FAST for those of you who know what I'm talking about). Two of those were Qualifying runs, including our very first Open Q. That being said, all the runs were winners in my eyes, as Brutus did exactly what I asked him to! The NQ runs were all SO close to being Q's, just little bobbles/handler errors that kept us from finishing all our Novice titles (a missed contact on the dogwalk in Std, a bad send in FAST, and over time in an open run because we had to restart the 12 weave poles).
All of our mistakes were really handler-induced, but I'll take those problems to what we've been dealing with in the past! NO ZOOMIES all weekend - hooray!! I think we might finally be turning a corner, so now I can start handling Brutus normally instead of running in damage-control mode!
Here are videos of two of our runs, Open JWW and Novice Std. For those that don't have the bandwidth to view them, the still shots were taken from those videos (that's why the quality isn't so hot). I hope you can see progress from what we have showed you in the past, Brutus has come such a long way since our first trial at the end of last year (it's only been 8 months!). I think I can speak for Brutus in saying we are having a blast competing!
Open Jumpers with Weaves (Q, 1st leg)
Novice Standard (Q, 2nd leg)
We can't wait to get back in the ring. We have a few more AKC agility entries coming up (Aug, September), but for the next few weeks we turn our attention back to the comparative tranquility of the obedience ring. We'll be giving Advanced Rally a try this weekend - our first time off-leash in that kind of venue. ANYTHING could happen, from zoomies to Brutus laying down on me mid-test! Please keep fingers and paws crossed that the "good" Brutus shows up with me this weekend!!