After posting yesterday, I looked at the tape of Cen running in Chances, and looking at how high he's jumping (he's quite efficient, but he IS taking jumps that are level with his withers), thought to myself "Ok, he's fast, but over jumps there's no way in heck he was going over 7 YPS in that Jumpers run!"
Got to the trial this morning, and found out what the real deal was: there had been a screwup, and the ELITE yardage had been put in for the NOVICE course! His recorded YPS for the run was around 4.5, which probably translates to an actual YPS of 5 1/2 to 6 yps. :-D He was still well under time & still had a Q.. sadly, a few other people found out they hadn't gotten Q's after all.
Today we started with Jumpers, in which he did several jumps, took off in one huge semi-zoomie halfway across the ring (my fault for the most part, as I gave him a "switch" late & he thought he was supposed to go that way), came back and completed the course correctly, ending up with his second Q. Recorded YPS for that run was 4.33; he added enough extra ground yardage with the zoom that again I'd estimate his actual speed to have been pushing up towards 6 YPS. One day perhaps we'll have a bobble-free run and find out. -D
I used Chances to train his A-frame contact, as he'd gotten confused the day before about where he was supposed to stop. When he got it right, we blasted on out over a short curve of jumps; my "Come!" was late at the end, and he was going so fast that he hit the brakes AS he exited the ring... resulting in a spectacular 10-foot sliding stop on the blue tarp material outside the ring that would have done a reining horse proud.

Regular Rd 1 & 2 followed, both very nice runs with some typical new-team bobbles - Rd 1 he got two off-courses & had a bit of trouble finding the weaves (all my fault, I didn't show him where they were!) , Rd 2 he Q'd. :-O Rd 2 I also learned that when a tunnel is the last obstacle, I'd better say something other than "go on" or he does indeed go on, right on out of the ring. :-D
We finished off with an extremely fun, focused tunnelers run - NO bobbles at all other than me being late on a "switch", which resulted in us adding about 4 tunnels to the course. Even better, I gave him a "round" command (my word for "tight" or "wrap") for the final tunnel, and he handily looped right back to me as he exited.
All in all a very fun debut!
We have tape of today's Jumpers and Regular runs, which hopefully I'll get posted later tonight.
We have tape of today's Jumpers and Regular runs, which hopefully I'll get posted later tonight.

i can't wait to see them! he sounds like a tremendously fun little dog and i'm glad you guys found each other.

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All in all a very fun debut! We have tape of today's Jumpers and Regular runs, which hopefully I'll get posted later tonight.

All in all, you two had a great weekend. The work you've put in shows, but to me, the really impressive part is your communication. It sounds two way, and it sounds intuitive as much as learned, and that's something special.

You are both enjoying each other-quite a team!
Karla