The Agilypmics were a great intro to competition. I discovered that we're definitely not ready for prime time, but we had a blast. Angel had the time of her life, and our team was the 2nd-lowest scoring team overall :-), which is too bad because we really thought we were going to get the prize for the Lowest Scoring Team. I think me 'n Angel may have been the lowest scoring individuals, but there wasn't a prize for that. I'm thinking we should have called our team "Not Ready For Prime Time". The event photographer got some fabulous shots of her, and a great one of her coming down off the Aframe with me laughing. I'll post the links once he gets them up on his web site.On the plusses: after several misses on each, I did get her through the tire and chute - the Agilympics allows a small amount of training and use of treats in the complete beginner category. Also, a lot of people come up to me afterwards and told me how much fun it was watching us as we were both obviously having a really good time, remarking on how fast Angel is and how much she obviously loves doing this, and giving me encouragement about getting better.

One of the organizers told me she was impressed at how closely Angel watched me for cues, which, of course, means I was completely misdirecting her most of the time, but that's what classes are for and I'll get better. I do not, however, take credit for her full speeds laps around the ring randomly taking obstacles, or, during the first match, her running through the gap in the fence into the next ring (luckily she came back immediately when I called and didn't disrupt the event in there).

She ended that particular match by bolting into the audience at full speed, where someone grabbed her and was in full belly-scritch mode when I got to them :-), thus completely illustrating my instructor's "The main goal in your first match is to leave the ring at the same time as your dog". At the end of following 4 events she did return directly to me when I called her, thereby graciously demonstrating that I had at least a tiny bit of control.
Most impressive owner/handler combo: I think they were in the Elite category. A woman who must have been in her mid-to-late 70s, with a very laid-back Cardigan Corgi. The dog was slow but extremely methodical, and did a perfect run within the time allowed, while she basically directed him from a central location. Really cool to watch.

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At the end of following 4 events she did return directly to me when I called her, thereby graciously demonstrating that I had at least a tiny bit of control.

congratulations! it sounds like both of you had a great time!

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