We finally took the plunge. We're ready to start trialing and so I thought I'd take her to a nearby USDAA trial, not expecting anything just wanted to expose her to the environment and see how she reacted.

This was much better than my first obedience trial, I saw lots of people I knew and questioned them to death. What's going on? Do I walkthrough with the starters/novice or does the preferred class get their own walk through? I thought I get to see my sheet right after the run where do I get it? etc, etc,
We entered Preferred 1, 22" class and I was so happy when I saw that lots of people were having difficulty too; it really took the pressure off. There were only a couple clean runs. Kali burst through the jump, chute, jump in a straight line that started the course. Then she slowed to sniff when she saw the weave poles she isn't super strong on them and she must have been a little nervous about them but she did great, very slow, but good. She popped out at the last pole and I just redirected her into that spot and we missed getting the fault. OK work on weaves more.
Slow on the dogwalk she took the "walk" part literally. But a fast drop on the table and shot right off it and into a tunnel.

Then she slipped on the see-saw and fell off without hitting the downward contact. This I realize must be from the fact that I've always done the Teeter from a straight run, no angles. There was a little bit of a bend from the Tunnel to the Teeter and I think that's why she slipped. OK work on angled entries to the Teeter.
It didn't slow her down. After that she shot over the A Frame through the pinwheel that followed and right into the tunnel and through the finishing Tire.
The teeter was her only fault and we did the 15 obstacle course in 1:10:87. Did I mention she's not the fastest dog? If we only didn't slip on the teeter it would've been her first leg.
However, we must have done something right b/c Kali took 4th Place! I couldn't stay and asked my trainer (who was there) if she would check the scores and see how we did (so that I could have an idea of how low on the scale we are). She emailed me the good news and said that she picked up Kali's rosette for me.

Kristen and
Kali CD, CGC, TDIA, TT
www.kristenandkali.com
However, we must have done something right b/c Kali took 4th Place! I couldn't stay and asked my trainer (who ... the scale we are). She emailed me the good news and said that she picked up Kali's rosette for me.

Congratulations Kris and Kali! Sounds like you had fun.

Mary
However, we must have done something right b/c Kali took ... and said that she picked up Kali's rosette for me.

Congratulations Kris and Kali! Sounds like you had fun. Mary

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However, we must have done something right b/c Kali took 4th Place!

Yee-haa!!! Congrats!!

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We finally took the plunge. We're ready to start trialing and so I thought I'd take her to a nearby USDAA trial, not expecting anything just wanted to expose her to the environment and see how she reacted.

Heh - that's a healtier attitude than I started with. I thought I'd amwze everyone with my incredible dog. The fact that I had never even been to a trial didn't phase me. With a 40 fault first run and an E (Elimination) on the second I was quickly educated. Then I developed a healthier attitude.
This was much better than my first obedience trial, I saw lots of people I knew and questioned them to death. What's going on? Do I walkthrough with the starters/novice or does the preferred class get their own walk through?

That would be the "Performance" class. Easy for me to remember since I don't do AKC "perferred" never enters my vocabulary. But everyone knows what you mean.
I thought I get to see my sheet right after the run where do I get it? etc, etc, We entered ... was so happy when I saw that lots of people were having difficulty too; it really took the pressure off.

Yeah, having learned the hard way I can't recommend too strongly going to a trial BEFORE competing. It realy helps with the perspective and you can't to ask half the questions before they really matter.
There were only a couple clean runs. Kali burst through the jump, chute, jump in a straight line that started ... mention she's not the fastest dog? If we only didn't slip on the teeter it would've been her first leg.

Great, very nice.
The one thing I really like about USDAA and NADAC (and CPE) is that you can place even if you don't qualify. That's a big positive reinforcer especially at the beginning. While people who have trialed a lot might pay less attention to non-qualifying placements, most still find some are still special. I'm thinking of a run I had with Tsuki in NADAC jumpers. We were 3 seconds over time - and took first over 17 dogs! That was one non-qualifing placement I definetly picked up!
I gotta watch out for you two, you're going to pass up Tsuki and I.

Diane Blackman
Yeah, having learned the hard way I can't recommend too strongly going to a trial BEFORE competing. It realy helps with the perspective and you can't to ask half the questions before they really matter.

My club is trying to work up some sort of mentoring program to bring new people into trials. I'm seeing a lot of potentially really good teams in class that are uncomfortable entering trials.
Those that come out and watch a few runs quickly learn that it's all about fun and that everyone will goof up sometime.

Speaking of running dogs just to have fun, I'm judging my first full trial (I'm doing 10 courses) in a couple of weeks. I've entered both Rocky and Friday and convinced friends to handle them on the courses that I'm judging. This should be interesting.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
The club I belong to did a "Your First Agility Trial" seminar that was awesome! They covered everything one basically needs to know get turf shoes and break them in first, bring crate, water, chair, cookies, toys and a tent if you are getting serious.
They told us about scribe sheets, faults and eliminations and the three main organizations USDAA, NADAC and AKC and provided registration applications. Told us that you get your scribe sheet right after your run behind the scribes.
etc, etc, etc,
They also set up a course for us to run and did it as if it were a real trial with check-in and placement ribbons.
If you want more information on the seminar, just email me and I'll send you the table of contents from the folder that they gave us.
Kristen and
Kali CD, CGC, TDIA, TT
www.kristenandkali.com