FCRSA National. Sunny, 82, lovely. Much better than the field events last weekend (45 degrees, 40 mph winds with 50 mph gusts). Not to mention handler error bigtime in the JH. First timer nerves and trying to stand up in the wind at the same time.
Franklin did manage to get his WC though, and a big pretty ribbon.

He also did one of his Unsteady Singles marks beautifully, but the first required him burning of 3 days of being in a car in a crate too much energy. He still brought me the duck, he just took a little longer and more creative route to do it. Oh well. Travel 13 hours away is hell on all of us.
We also entered our first agility trial - what the heck - even though I didn't think we were ready, we were in good silly FCR company here.

He did a lot better than many of the other Nov A dogs, and I was too nervous to remember to keep my eyes on my dog. He knocked the first bar, a result of being too wound and me taking my eyes of him. He definitely benefits from a verbal and visual easssy on a first jump.

He did all of his contacts beautifully, even the teter, which is always challenging to not fly off of.
He did weaves - 4 of 6. Better than I expected and much better than a lot of the other dogs, so we went on..
I messed up by being on the opposite side of jumps than I had planned during walk-through, and that resulted in a little visit to the bar setter until he came back and did the jumps.
He did his first full height table with grace and ease, as well as his first full height panel jump and broad jump. His tunnel and chute were speedy of course. All in all, it wasn't a bad run. He was incredibly distracted from the minute we re-entered the horse arena.

Even Excellent dogs had trouble not socializing outside of the ring (when they should have been IN the ring). Silly dogs aren't used to seeing so many of their own kind and go a little nuts. That hurt a lot of dogs in the Nov A stays this morning - they egged each other on and flirted shamelessly, resulting in stay breaks with seconds to go. Too bad.
Our Nov B "performance" is tomorrow. He did beautiful off lead heeling, recalls and stays for me next to a pond this morning (after several swims and he was rewarded with several more after), but what he'll decide to do in the ring tomorrow is anyone's guess. I figure I'm going home with 1 ribbon and some fun experience at least, not to mention getting to see hundreds of FCRS (hey Kate - I didn't realize the breeding that's taking place is what it is - what a GREAT breeding and puppy potential - wow!), so what the heck. Maybe we'll have a good day, maybe we won't. He'll still get to swim some more..

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
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FCRSA National. Sunny, 82, lovely.

Sigh. After a brilliant and too-dry winter, it's gone cool, grey, rainy, and all monochrome up here in the PNW.
Much better than the field events last weekend (45 degrees, 40 mph winds with 50 mph gusts). Not to mention handler error bigtime in the JH. First timer nerves and trying to stand up in the wind at the same time.

Much the same at our first UKC hunt test last weekend. I've discovered that a good shot of Nyquil, administered to the handler the morning of the test, does wonders to settle the dog somehow. :-) We had one pass, one fail in Seasoned.
Franklin did manage to get his WC though, and a big pretty ribbon.

Yay!
I figure I'm going home with 1 ribbon and some fun experience at least, not to mention getting to see ... realize the breeding that's taking place is what it is - what a GREAT breeding and puppy potential - wow!),

I take it you met the boy: did you get a chance to see the mom-to-be and her owner, too? Nice folks, the both of them.
so what the heck. Maybe we'll have a good day, maybe we won't. He'll still get to swim some more..

After we failed on Sunday, we went over and worked as test dog and pickup dog on the Finished stakes, where Stormy did really high-quality work. It didn't get us a ribbon, but it was fun to keep hanging out with dog folk, pick up ducks, and run in the swamp...

Have fun. I'm dreadfully jealous.

Kate
and Storm the FCR
I take it you met the boy: did you get a chance to see the mom-to-be and her owner, too? ... to keep hanging out with dog folk, pick up ducks, and run in the swamp... Have fun. I'm dreadfully jealous.

More swimming today after his first CD leg. Since I haven't even done a run through in over 2 years, I can't complain, even if his off leash heeling was a bit of a stumble at the start. And why isn't it just as good to STAND and wag at mom when a halt is called? I mean, he did stop after all, just was puzzled about what he was supposed to do (sit is soo boring when we're just going to move again). Still, a big fancy green ribbon - specialties are great for rosettes instead of little ribbons!
I've met the boy before and thought he was amazing. Have not met mom-to-be and owner yet, but we have more days and bitches are tomorrow, so..
Now I'm looking forward to St Louis!

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
Even Excellent dogs had trouble not socializing outside of the ring (when they should have been IN the ring). Silly dogs aren't used to seeing so many of their own kind and go a little nuts.

Sounds like a GREAT time! I remember my friend telling me that we needed to get together so our Novice obedience Belgians could all practice sits & downs together. We did, and boy am I glad!! You should have seen so many of the dogs (Bodhi's included) faces when they entered for their sits & downs and were surrounded only by others like them!!
Shelly & The Boys
our Novice obedience Belgians could all practice sits & downs together. We did, and boy am I glad!! You ... (Bodhi's included) faces when they entered for their sits & downs and were surrounded only by others like them!!

yeah - in Nov and Open as well - I saw a lot of "come hither" looks and in team. one hormonal young male actually lifted the *** next to him with his nose. Silly black dogs.Franklin has really solid stays - his best exercise really. Much better than his off lead heel thank goodness. I said "ready" more enthusiastically than I knew was wise, and he leaped in front of me. Then I had to figure out how to forward and have him get in the right place. I moved right to get him on my left, and he moved with me - continuing to be blocking my forward movement. So, I did a little do-si-do to get him on my left - major points off, but knew that if I didn't, I would lose him altogether and NQ.

It worked, as we got our first CD leg, but geez. He is of the same opinion as I am - the obedience ring is just not normal interaction and just plain old weird. I think I should have been allowed to go in "A" anyway - it's been 14 years since I put a CD on a dog. Isn't there some sort of time limit of how much we're expected to be "experienced" about? ;-D

Janet B
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HA! I wish! It had been almost 30 years for me.
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Even Excellent dogs had trouble not socializing outside of the ... many of their own kind and go a little nuts.

Sounds like a GREAT time! I remember my friend telling me that we needed to get together so our Novice ... (Bodhi's included) faces when they entered for their sits & downs and were surrounded only by others like them!!

In 1996, I showed Zeffie at our very first CCA nationals. Zeffie, of course, was all business. She was pleased that there was nothin' but collies there (collies can be such snobs) but other than exchanging polite pleasantries wasn't distracted at all.
Having the place just crawling with tri-color smoothies* did trip me up though. For the stays in Open A, there were 12 collies with 5 tri smoothies, including Zeffie, in a row. And what did I do after returning from the 5 minute long down but stand in front of the wrong smoothie. Like D'uh. Perhaps I should've noticed the smoothie one over was staring at me with a exasperated expression.
Chris and her smoothies
Pablo & Lucy
*Collie color popularity tends to go in cycles and at that time tri was in for smoothies.
I have the solution! Instead of trying to use fear to train your dog, try a bungee dog leash. Let the resistance in the leash help your dog.
I tried one because I couldn't even walk my dog anymore she had gotten so strong. I was at a dog show and they let me try the leash out first. When my dad gave the leash, it worked!
The cushion was in the leash and now that my dog is tired of trying to pull the leash, she doesn't pull anymore at all.
I have bought many more from their web site because I like the different colors.
Here is the link http://www.bungeepupee.com
Good Luck!
I have the solution! Instead of trying to use fear to train your dog, try a bungee dog leash. Let the resistance in the leash help your dog.
I tried one because I couldn't even walk my dog anymore she had gotten so strong. I was at a dog show and they let me try the leash out first. When my dad gave the leash, it worked!
The cushion was in the leash and now that my dog is tired of trying to pull the leash, she doesn't pull anymore at all.
I have bought many more from their web site because I like the different colors.
Here is the link http://www.bungeepupee.com
Good Luck!
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