Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Beautiful Walks


The dogs and I are enjoying beautiful walks on these spring evenings. The flowers in the formal gardens are so lovely, I had to pose the dogs and take a picture....and then someone walked past as I was snapping a photo (note the heads turning):

Monday, March 26, 2012

First USDAA Trial

Well, not the first first, but the first one where I wasn't working all day every day! I have no video as I was by myself at the trial. Maybe next time.

Cosi and I did well at the On Target agility trial on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday we Q'd in Gamblers (that's our third leg so we get to move up) and in Standard (our first leg). Then on Sunday we Q'd in Jumpers (first leg). All Q's were first place runs; but then I have to tell you that the classes were very small; and in one class I was the only P1 dog! I was very pleased with our teamwork, and the courses were fun. In the Performance Speed Jumping (Steeplechase) run, we were good, but I sent him in an off-course tunnel instead of over the A-frame, which disqualified the run. Bummer. And it was such a good course. I'm still kicking myself over that one. And Snooker...well...Beth, you know how I stink at this game! We dropped the second red bar and then he went over another jump and we got whistled off. Typical! LOL One of these years, I'll get the hang of that game. I may be 80, but I'm going to get it!

Friday, March 23, 2012

New Computer

During a super busy work week, I've had to install, update, and customize a new computer. I *think* I'm ready to go now, so here's what's happining this weekend.

Cosi and I will brave the elements (it is to rain all weekend) at a USDAA trial about an hour north of here. I entered P1 (Starters) everything--gamblers, standard, jumpers, snooker (!), performance speed jumping, and performance grand prix. We'll see how it goes. Keep your paws crossed for us.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Luck of the Irish...Part Deux

We had another great day today. We had a fabulous standard run with only one dropped bar. But it was a very technical course, and I was thrilled with our team work.

I found out that my friend Scott Miller and his awesome sheltie Trev got their MACH4 on Sunday. Wahoo!

In JWW we ran fast and clean and came in second!! What a great weekend!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Luck of the Irish!

We tapped into some Irish luck today and got our first QQ at the York County Dog Training Club trial in Palmyra. Wow! This is huge!

We took third in standard, behind two superb, fast dogs. They have running contacts; I make Cosi stop and do 2o2o. Thus there was a four second difference in our times. Note the four--count 'em, four--serpentines in this course! Here's the YouTube link to our standard run: Click here.

In the jumpers run there was a broad jump. Rats. When was the last time we trained that? About a month ago!? We Q'd and took first place--beating the same two dogs that beat us in standard! Un-be-lieve-able! Here's the YouTube link to our jumpers run: Click here.

As I watched the videos, I see his start line stay deteriorated today. I will be dilligent in correcting that tomorrow. Gotta watch that boy!

What a fabulous day. Memorable, to be sure.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Triggers

Susan Garrett's newsletter and today's post talked--at length!-- about incorporating triggers into your dog training. What interesting stuff! I love foundation work, and I found this information completely fascinating. I'm going to take the time to examine what triggers I have been using with Cosi to transfer the value of toys and treats to his work. I need to observe what we both do in response to certain triggers. What a neat learning experience.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

If Bad Things Come in 3's...

then I'm done.

#1 - I got home from work on Friday evening only to find that the kitchen phone decided to die. Some of numbers on the keypad wouldn't work. Tough to dial a number when you don't have 0-9.

#2 - My computer--which has been on it's last leg for about a year--decided to power down. I tried to boot it back up, and only through coaxing, praying, and computer CPR was I able to get it back.

#3 - I got an email today from a trial secretary saying I'm #89 on the wait list for a four-day trial I had entered in April. #89?! Really!? Might as well say, "Forgit it, kiddo. You ain't in."

I bought a new phone system with a base and two mobile handsets.

I ordered a new computer; it should be here next week.

I bought an external hard drive and backed up all my data.

I'm off to check the web sites of various agility venues to find a trial to replace the one in April.

...and it's only Saturday.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Trax!

A huge shout out to Heather and Trax on winning the 16" class in jumpers and getting a double Q at the trial in NJ this weekend. Wahoo!!