Today was the first of 5 APDT Rally trials over three days in Red Hook, NY. It was a bit chilly (just the way a Labrador likes it) and very windy. It was really well attended, lots of dogs and exhibitors. There were two trials today and all the exhibitors were commenting that we had a good judge.

In the first trial Kali took 5th place (APDT awards to 5th place) with a 194 (one single repeated command robbed us of 3 points and second place!).

In the second trial I kept my big mouth mostly shut and we earned a glorious
198. A golden who's owner was using food in the ring also scored 198 and wehad to do a run off. The lady with the golden was saying how it's not fair that I had to do a run off against her since she was using food and I was not. I told her that I too had the option to use food (all exhibitors in APDT Rally do) but chose not to-but if she wanted to forfeit the blue ribbon to me, I'd take it. She didn't.
Well...Kali beat the dog in the run off. Both dogs didn't lose any points but Kali and I had the faster time. I learned a neat lesson there; food in the ring isn't always an asset-the time it took her to pause and give the dog food might be what caused her to lose the run off.

After showing I assisted the secretary who taught me all I needed to know to run our August 21/22 trial-if you are in the White Plains, NY area and haven 't signed up yet, do it! It's a lot of fun and our trial is really filling fast. Email me for a premium and entry form; we are awarding super nice rosettes and have lots of great prizes. If you are not familiar w/APDT Rally email me, we can get together and I'll show you what you need to know and you have plenty of time to get ready.
Looking forward to what happens tomorrow!
Kristen and Kali
(who now has two R1 MCL legs and should not only finish her title but finish with a Magna Cum Laude!)
Whooppee! Rally On!
Jo Wolf
Martinez, Georgia
Well...Kali beat the dog in the run off. Both dogs didn't lose any points but Kali and I had the ... give the dog food might be what caused her to lose the run off.Waytogo, Kali! Congratulations to you both.

Interesting insight, too.