This was one busy weekend! Though I must say we were more successful in rally on Sat. than in agility on Sun. (no surprise). But Tripp has been doing great in practice, he just needs trial experience at this point. So we entered with yet another organization, USDAA. This is where I intended to focus our efforts, simply because they will allow him to run when creatively groomed. Apparently we have our work cut out for us! Usually I'm good about learning rules before a trial, but I missed one important point on scoring... to get a qualifying score in USDAA you need a clean run. No "off courses" allowed. Not just in jumpers, but standard agility as well! Who knew? LOL So does this mean I'll enter less? Well, probably not. After all I'm not going to "waste" all the training we've done so far. In fact, I may actually enter more - add jumpers to the list. Hey, why not? Just as much of a shot Qing there as in Std. now! ;-)
Anyway, no Qs this weekend. Gamblers was a bust - distractions made us lose time and though we racked up more than enough points, once again the buzzer sounded with just one obstacle left in the gamble. Oooh! But it still makes for a good warm up run, and I do enjoy the strategy of the game. I'm determined to finish the course one of these times! If Tripp could just focus he would make an awesome gamblers dog. Maybe some day... I set up my tripod to film us as best I could. Most of our gamblers run can be seen. Unfortunately, I suffered camera malfunction with our standard run, so missed the opportunity to review my handling mistakes. We didn't do too badly out there, and I thought we had just barely squeaked out a Q, until learning the scoring methods. Oh well. It was also an educational experience on set up and handling. Tripp is a totally different dog in agility - thinks he's a wild Border Collie! Can't handle seeing other dogs in "his" ring, and is always in a hurry to get started (hence the barking). I need to get focus, and keep him out of sight until it's our turn. Trickier than it sounds, as they want you ringside and then in the ring setting up while the last team finishes their run! Uh... yeah, right.
We shall try again, but I'm not holding my breath for ribbons in this one! When we do finally Q and title in USDAA, it will be quite an accomplishment!