Sunday, February 22, 2009

NADAC Games trial.

Me n the girls had an early morning. (YAWN!!!) We left at 6am for Madison, Mad City Dog Training Club. It was just a Games trial meaning they had all the fun stuff;

Tunnelers: A course made up of just tunnels. The dogs LOVE this game. They get to run really fast and it's fun to try to keep up and keep them on track!

Touch and Go: A course made up of an A-Frame, Dog Walk and tunnels. It's just like tunnelers but with the contacts in the way. The dogs have to be keen to your direction since they make it tough by putting the contacts right next to the tunnels. And tunnels are hard to resist!

Hoopers: This is a new class made up of hoops that the dog goes through. There is no height to it. You have to plan a strategy similar to Snooker in USDAA. Makes the handler think but the hoops are SOO simple for the dog to do.

To start we had Touch and Go. Qwik was up first being in Novice. Her first run she Qualified and had the fastest Novice time of ALL the heights! She did an awesome job taking direction from me. We need to work on rear crosses but she did good. She got first place and her first TnG Q! Yeah for her. Bell was up next and was a sassy pants for her contacts. We have been working on them in training and I need to be consistent across the board for her....So she didn't hold her front feet off and back feet on like I asked her to so we stopped and I had her repeat the A frame, and then she did what I asked. Then on the dogwalk she stopped with all 4 in the yellow....I waited and asked her to "touch" again and she did, and then we went on, and had to do the A-frame one more time....she went ALL the way to the bottom and put her front feet off and kept her back feet on . Hopefully I can continue to be consistent for both the girls sake in the future!

The Second round of Touch and Go I was a crappy handler for Qwik and she NQ' fault of her own. Bell did AWESOME and finished her TN-E aka Elite Touch n GO. YEAH! The first "training" run paid off and she did what she should do on her contacts.

Next came Tunnelers. Both girls FAVORITE CLASS EVER!!!! They Q'd all 4 runs. Me and Qwik had some mis-directions...but we able to save the runs. Qwik finished her NOVICE TUNNELERS title, and Bell finished her ELITE TUNNELERS title. Fun Fun Fun Fun! I just love the enthusiasm for it. Both girls like to watch the dog ahead of them run and they bark or strain at the end of the leash.

Hoopers was next. We again Q'd all 4 runs. Qwik was a lill shit and could not stay focused. I think she needs something more to do....the hoops were small and not really attention getting so she had to be called back all the time.....not what I wanted but OK. Bell had an AWESOME second run with a time of 16 seconds......She placed first, the second place dog was at 30 seconds! She SMOKED it!!!

I will get our video'd runs up soon. My computer programs are acting up so I have to figure out something new. Soon soon.

Busy week coming up. Work Mon-Wed and Training Seminar Thurs-Sat. Sunday is the Wisconsin Kennel Club show at State fair park. Should be an EXHAUSTING week!

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