3 day AKC trial

Well the weekend started out really good but then didn’t end so well. In JWW on Friday, both dogs ran clean. Enzo ended up with 2nd place. In standard Tooney leapt over the dogwalk contact but Enzo was clean. He wasted quite a few seconds on the table so his time wasn’t great but it was a double Q!

On saturday I had only entered Enzo. He was clean in JWW even though he got a little spooked by the kid doing leash running right before he ran. He was ok after the kid turned around but Enzo definitely didn’t like the way the kid was staring at him. He ended up with 3rd place on this run. In Standard, he would have Q’d except that he decided to bail on the teeter. The trial was in a covered horse arena so I think the loud echoing must of scared him the day before. I went home and had him do a lot of teeters at home with high value treats hoping that would help for the next day.

Sunday I ran both dogs again. In JWW, the hard part was the beginning and I got my dogs through that fine but then they both had weird mistakes later on. Tooney turned the wrong way on a jump and then back jumped it. Enzo took an off course jump straight ahead when he was supposed to come into me for the third jump of the pinwheel. I’m sure I was late on my rotation for the front cross. In Standard Tooney did really well except that I pulled her off of the tunnel. She was headed towards the correct end already when I called her. Enzo’s run was a little bit of a mess. I tried to front cross the aframe and he missed the contact. Then he ran past the teeter. I called him back and he did it the second time although very cautiously. I said good boy after he did the teeter and he stopped dead in his tracks on the way to the table and I almost ran into him. I had to lean over and stop myself on the table. The judge asked me if I was ok. it was prety funny.

Anyways, now I’m wondering if I should avoid trials under covered arenas for a while. The last time we trialed under the other arena in the area he was fine with the teeter but he has had issues there in the past. Hopefully if I work with him a lot this week he’ll be ok with the teeter for this weekend’s USDAA trial.


Posted on November 30, 2008, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Interesting! All of our trials are pretty much in covered horse arenas and I train in one so my dogs are best in that. Java was super freaked out about teeter noises for awhile so I put the teeter in the garage and that made tons of noise for her to get used to. I didn’t do a lot of reps though (only jump the side) since it is hard ground.

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