I hesitate to celebrate TOO much, because I'm fully aware of the likelihood of having some backsliding, but we had a really great weekend in NADAC that resulted in Wylie's first leg in Novice Regular. (He has one standard leg in AKC, but that was a gift!) It was a lovely run in which he stopped and held his contacts on the DW and teeter, hit his weaves at speed and tried very hard to stop on the A-frame but slid off from momentum. It has been quite a struggle, and only after taking a couple of months off and really working on reinforcing the stop, plus the opportunity to train in the ring in NADAC, was it clear to him what his job was on the contacts. I take full blame for the difficulties, because I was too inconsistent.
Most of our runs were training runs, but we did manage some Q's in the non-contact classes: two Tunnelers legs for his novice title, and his first Elite Jumpers leg. We would have had a touch and go leg as well, if I hadn't been so thrilled at his perfect contacts to send him in the right end of the tunnel (didn't care one whit, either!!) It was a little rough in the morning, as they were running three rings and we were in all three at the same time - running Elite Jumpers, Open Gamblers and Novice Standard with about 1.5 minutes to catch a breath in between!
Wylie was rewarded with much praise and petting (classmates and teachers were there to watch!) as well as a large bag of tasty chewies. I rewarded myself with a photo series from his jumpers class, showing him taking off, over a jump and landing in succession - really amazing to see his extension as he flies through the air. Just a wonderful weekend, it was.

Christy
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I hesitate to celebrate TOO much, because I'm fully aware of the likelihood

Celebrate the moment, each is precious.
of having some backsliding, but we had a really great weekend in NADAC that resulted in Wylie's first leg in ... opportunity to train in the ring in NADAC, was it clear to him what his job was on the contacts.

Yay!
I take full blame for the difficulties, because I was too inconsistent.

-) Welcome to the club.
Most of our runs were training runs, but we did manage some Q's in the non-contact classes: two Tunnelers legs for his novice title, and his first Elite Jumpers leg.

Yay! Feels great, doesn't it!
We would have had a touch and go leg as well, if I hadn't been so thrilled at his perfect ... time - running Elite Jumpers, Open Gamblers and Novice Standard with about 1.5 minutes to catch a breath in between!

BTDT (SMTT)
Wylie was rewarded with much praise and petting (classmates and teachers were there to watch!) as well as a large ... succession - really amazing to see his extension as he flies through the air. Just a wonderful weekend, it was.

Very cool
How south are you, anyway? I'm hoping to be in Cayucos for an ASCA herding trial the July 4th week-end.

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How south are you, anyway? I'm hoping to be in Cayucos for an ASCA herding trial the July 4th week-end.

About 3 hours south.
My herding teacher, John Harvey, should be there, though.

Christy
Big congrats! Sometimes those long awaited things are all the sweeter.

Melissa S. Frye
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Yay Team Sheltie! Congratulations!
Debbie
I hesitate to celebrate TOO much, because I'm fully aware of thelikelihood of having some backsliding, but we had a ... leg in Novice Regular. (He has one standard legin AKC, but that was a gift!) It was a lovely run[/nq]Congrats on Wylie kicking some agility butt. Lucy is about to start on her first agility class. I did agility with Zeffie way back in the early days of AKC agility so I'm way rusty. I can tell already that Lucy will be a different dog to train than Zeffie. Zeffie was one tough *** and never spooked at nuthin'. But this weekend, we took Lucy on a hike through a gorge and had to cross a suspension bridge and climb a wood stairway (open slats). She did the bridge crawling way down almost on her belly.

Her first try on the stairs I had her on a loose lead and she jumped off the side of the 3rd step. On our second try, I held her firmly by her collar to prevent any more aero acrobatics and gave her a lot of encouragement. The good thing is that even though she was a little scared she didn't get panicky. I've looked at on-line agility equipment plans and think I'll make one of those "boogie boards" so I can teach her to be brave about wobbly surfaces.

Chris and her smoothies,
Pablo and Lucy
I've looked at on-line agility equipment plans and think I'll make one of those "boogie boards" so I can teach her to be brave about wobbly surfaces.

Those are great tools for teaching balance etc.
BTW, just FYI- the correct name is "Buja Board"; they were invented (or at least popularized) by an agility teacher named Brenda Buja. :-)
I've looked at on-line agility equipment plans and think I'll ... I can teach her to be brave about wobbly surfaces.

Those are great tools for teaching balance etc. BTW, just FYI- the correct name is "Buja Board"; they were invented (or at least popularized) by an agility teacher named Brenda Buja. :-)

Bodhi, the newly reformed "pool dog" highly recommends the use of a Boogie Board, however!
Coda developed the penchant for standing in stock tanks while herding a few years ago. Bodhi, for the first time last night, decided that the baby
pools are finally a "Good Idea".
I'm glad, the weather is just not beginning to heat up for summer (supposed to be in the upper 80's today)!
Shelly & The Boys
I've looked at on-line agility equipment plans and think I'll ... I can teach her to be brave about wobbly surfaces.

Those are great tools for teaching balance etc. BTW, just FYI- the correct name is "Buja Board"; they were invented (or at least popularized) by an agility teacher named Brenda Buja. :-)

Oops. Well "Malaprop" is my middle name so substituting Boogie for Buja is pretty typical for me. When writing I can usually catch my malaprops before sending out my posts and thus maintain the pretense of being at least a little bit intelligent. I'm even worse when speaking (I spoonerized as well as malaprop) so in that case, there's no hope in pretending. ;-)

BTW, do you know if I can use any size board or should it be in some sort of proportion to the dog? Lucy is a eency collie, only 40 lbs, roughly 21 inches tall but long backed.
Chris and her smoothies,
Big Pablo and Little Lucy
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