I was all cocky from the great focus and teamwork Navarre and I had yesterday. The Excellent course was super doable for us today - with yet another dogwalk straight off into a tunnel - what are the odds? And I ran that Navarre like we knew what we were doing! We, uh, don't know what we're doing. He still needs me to really work every obstacle. Shocking, I know. But he had a great time, did some lovely contacts and weaves and we even eventually did a lot of the course. We won't talk about his table. Heh.
His Open jumpers run was similarly ridiculous - though I hear he actually qualified. You can qualify with a lot of silliness in AKC, that's for sure. I do think there were a couple things going on, one of which was I was clearly not working every obstacle as baby Navarre needs me to do. Then there is also that we were not connected like we were yesterday, he had his eyes all over the place. But there is another big piece that I need to acknowledge - Navarre does not run in collection. Bright does, which means that she thinks everything is a turn unless I tell emphatically otherwise. Navarre, however, is a very drifty dog, he will go forward unless I tell him otherwise. Yes, he actually needs TURNING CUES. Novel concept. There were definitely places were I thought about doing a lot more handling, but figured we should keep it simple at this point.
Lots of great learning opportunities this weekend for both of us, and lots of fun. Baby dogs rock.
Then Bright ... I'm thinking there is something not quite right. She looked off in her jumping yesterday, and also today. She's doing a weird tucking thing. Not all the time, but it's not something she normally does. And she started leaping off her aframes as well - but not the dogwalk. Her times were normal, she wasn't being slow - and didn't knock as many bars as she did at her last trial. But still knocked a few and just didn't look quite right. We went ahead and pulled from premier after jumpers. So would like to get her looked at, I can't point to anything specific, she's certainly not limping or favoring anything I can see. She's never had any rear end issues before, so hard to say. There is enough evidence there that something needs to be addressed though, so we'll take it easy, break from agility for a couple months and see if anyone can find anything going on with her.
I tell you, everyone should train running contacts, as dogs will miss them all the time, never gets called. It's been the same with all my dogs, it's crazy how often they get contact gifts. But, yeah, Bright's aframe has been pretty consistent for quite some time - yet she was clearly leaping from both the aframes she did today. Hm.
Back at home, SUCH a beautiful day. There is still some color left, even after the storms - and it continues crazy warm. I can't even tell you how amazed I am with Brisbee's recovery - he's just FLYING around the field. Fenwick does run, but mostly does the 'old dog trot', but Brisbee just leaping and full out running all over the place - all by himself. He is the HAPPIEST old guy these days.
Apparently Bright was not feeling photogenic today ...