As mentioned in the thread "40 hours and counting" I "debuted" Cenau in NADAC agility today. (For those who've recently joined us, Cen is a JRT/Miniature Pinscher cross, somewhere around 3 years old. He came to live with me 8 months ago; I'm his third owner, and when I got him he had NO training at all, other than having been inadvertently trained to run away when off leash.)
The trial was held in an indoor soccer arena, which is why I mention a goalie hole - it's a sizeable alcove in the wall. There's also a "dugout" area let into the wall, which has a sort of window about 10 feet long & about 4 feet up. Both the goalie hole and the closed-off dugout area are known to harbor mice on occasion - especially the dugout because the kids drop crumbs.
Here's the play-by-play:
Run 1, Chances (this is the class which tests distance handling): Nice startline stay, tunnel, jump, short wahoo zoom, jump, short wahoo zoom, jump, jump, tunnel, bypass weave poles and dart into the goalie hole to sniff for mice. Call off mouse smell after a few seconds, come back and do weave poles. Two jumps, off course tunnel, VERY nice A-frame contact, final jump... stupid handler Emotion: it wasnt me doesn't immediately say COME, so straight on out of the ring, eat food somebody had dropped on the floor, realize handler is in ring calling, zoom back in - THROUGH a 6" square hole in the ring gating! - and jump into handler's arms.
This is, unfortunately, the only run that got taped.

Run 2, Regular Rd 1 (regular is the course with all obstacles) First half ok, missed the weave entry but did them fine on the second try, a bit wide on the turn, very nice dogwalk contact, two jumps to A-frame/tunnel discrimination (side by side obstacles, dogs were supposed to take the tunnel going one way, the A-frame on the return pass). Got tunnel (correct obstacle), missed the jump after, did the next tunnel which was in a U-shape and headed the dogs back to the discrimination. Said discrimination happened to be set next to the dugout.
I was too close to him, which pushed him into the tunnel again. I called him as he came out, intending only to make sure he didn't leave the ring; he turned around and shot up the A-frame, got to the peak, stopped dead, turned sideways (balancing handily on the top, which is maybe 2" wide) and stood there staring at the dugout because "OMG!! THERE ARE MICE IN THERE!!! MICE I TELL YOU!! "
I called several times, he finally came down the frame diagonally, staring fixedly at the wall, and ended up in the best semblance of a correct contact he could manage while there were MICE! on his brain and in his nose - front feet on the ground to the side of the frame, ONE TOE of his left hind foot pressed to the side of the A-frame way up high, his whole body pointed at the MICE!!, held taut & vibrating.
I finally got his attention (not easy because I was on the other side of the frame, and laughing too hard to be emphatic), he remembered he was with me, left the frame, did a jump, I turned him around, he did the A-frame the other way, I called him, he hopped into my arms & we left the course.

Run 3, Regular Rd 2 (different course - in this case, the first course run in reverse):
He was a bit silly, made wide turns, but no off courses, nice contacts although he didn't come quite all the way to the bottom on the A-frame. But he shot past the tunnel and bolted to the wall where the MICE!!! were, spent 20-30 seconds sniffing up and down the wall - JUST as I was about to pick him up and carry him away, his brain clicked back in, he came back and did the rest of the course nicely other than shooting past the final jump because I was in the wrong place. Turned back at the end & jumped up into my arms, no attempt to leave. 17 seconds over time, no course faults other than the 20 for missing the last jump.
Run 4, Hoopers (a strategy game - similar to USDAA Snooker except it's all hoops):
We started out, going right past the MICE!! with no problems, did the first sequence just fine. My course went back towards the wall, he bolted for the MICE!! & started to sniff. I said "Uck! LEAVE IT", he hesitated, then turned around, flew back to me (he'd gone halfway across the ring), and we finished the course in style. Would have been a Q except dumb handler had misunderstood what was supposed to be done in one of the tests & had left an obstacle out.
Run 5, Jumpers (just what it sounds like, a course with nothing but jumps and tunnels) :
He did the first half of the course, right past the dugout, just fine - either the MICE!!! had left, or he'd decided it was more fun to run with me. He missed one jump after going wide on a hairpin turn; I called him back, reset him, and restarted from the missed jump. He did the second half of the course just fine, turned back and jumped into my arms, no attempt to leave the ring.
Final result: 29 seconds under SCT, no faults, first place and a Q. Holy cow.
Here's the really scary part: He ran 7.23 YPS including the reset which took 4-6 seconds... so how fast was he actually going?? =:O (Wasn't timer error either - we had electronic timing.)

And now I am going to GO LIE DOWN. :-)
Oh yes... before I go:
Brenin, bless him, thought Hoopers was Way Cool, and actually deliberately did an extra one before leaving. Had I not made the same mistake I did with Cen, he would have Q'd.
He also had a nice smooth Elite Jumpers run, 22 obstacles including a 3-jump-1-tunnel serpentine. He was just starting to get tired a few obstacles before the end, but came off the course with a smile still on his face.
Perspective is a wonderful thing... there was a time when I'd've been upset if he'd missed Jumpers time by a tenth of a second, today I was thrilled that he was only 1.87 seconds over. :-)
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As mentioned in the thread "40 hours and counting" I "debuted" Cenau in NADAC agility today. (For those who've recently ... hole in the ring gating! - and jump into handler's arms. This is, unfortunately, the only run that got taped.

And hopefully you will be sharing it here.
Congrats on Cenau's Q, and thank you very much for the good laugh!

Mustang Sally
And hopefully you will be sharing it here.

I'm hoping to get at least a couple more runs taped tomorrow, and will probably edit/Youtube stuff on Monday.
Congrats on Cenau's Q, and thank you very much for the good laugh!

He makes me laugh so often, I feel like I should share. :-)

And now, off to bed so's to get up and do it all over again tomorrow..
Here's the really scary part: He ran 7.23 YPS including the reset which took 4-6 seconds... so how fast was he actually going?? =:O (Wasn't timer error either - we had electronic timing.)

To explain that bit of jargon for the non-agility people: YPS stands for "yards per second", and is a measurement of the dog's speed, just like MPH (miles per hour) for cars.
The course, as designed to be run, is a certain number of yards long. There's a time limit for completion of the course, which is calculated based on the course yardage, what obstacles are on the course, the size of the dogs (smaller dogs get more time), age of the dogs (dogs over 7 get 10% more time), and what level the dogs are competing at (dogs at lower levels are given more time).
When I say Cenau was "29 seconds under time", I mean that he finished the course approximately 29 seconds under the time limit for his level and jump height - on that particular Novice course, the small dogs needed to complete the course in 50.24 seconds or less, and Cenau ran it in 21.73 seconds. An individual dog's YPS is calculated by dividing the yardage by the dog's time.
Thing is, if the dog deviates from the course at all - as Cenau did when he ran past the jump, circled around and came back - it's actually running more yardage, which means the dog's actual YPS is higher than the scoring program records.
Cenau's official YPS, 7.23 YPS, converts to 14.77 miles per hour - over jumps as high as his withers. But since he added considerable yardage by shooting past a jump and circling back, and slowed down to a near stop for a second or so, his actual speed over the rest of the course was considerably higher than that. Like I said - HOLY COW!
As mentioned in the thread "40 hours and counting" I "debuted" Cenau in NADAC agility today. =A0..

Loved your whole description! I was laughing and cheering with you! Sounds you had a great debut!
Lauralyn
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Cenau's official YPS, 7.23 YPS, converts to 14.77 miles per hour - over jumps as high as his withers. But ... his actual speed over the rest of the course was considerably higher than that. Like I said - HOLY COW!

Wow - speedy gonzales! Sounds like a fun day, and congrats on the Q! I'm looking forward to the video that was made - I want to see if I can spot the mouse on his brane!
FurPaw

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Here's the really scary part: He ran 7.23 YPS *including ... =:O (Wasn't timer error either - we had electronic timing.)

To explain that bit of jargon for the non-agility people: YPS stands for "yards per second", and is a measurement of the dog's speed, just like MPH (miles per hour) for cars.

And 7.23 yps is shorthand for holy-beejeebus fast. Congrats!!
And 7.23 yps is shorthand for holy-beejeebus fast. Congrats!!

See the post "So he's not Superdog" - they had the yardage wrong. :-D He may very well be that fast on the flat, but not over wither-high jumps.. I should have known that YPS wasn't possible with a 3-4 second bobble in the middle.
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