Obedience match today out at WetDog Wellness. I hadn't been there before, and I hadn't realized it was so small! So not a regulation ring, and didn't have ring gates with standards, so didn't get to really 'test' our directed jumping. Worked out fine for some good exposure and practice with all the dogs. Lots to work on with everyone, but lots of great stuff too. I was happy with what we ended up with.
Eva! I know, shocking, Eva getting to do something. She's really up and down these days, I never know what she may be like - and we haven't really gone anywhere with other dogs for quite some time. My expectations were low, and she was really stressed when I first brought her in. Not a lot of room to acclimate her in the facility. But the good news is that her second time in she was really able to focus and was much more relaxed.
Eva did a Novice Preferred run through with minimal treats in the ring. She did great! Focused, happy tail, trying really hard. Heeling looked pretty good, with some issues of auto-sitting when we would move to the slow. One time she caught a glimpse of herself in the mirror and that was WAY more distracting than the other actual dogs - so I let her check it out. She had to poke it to make sure it wasn't some stafford that needed discipline - ha! Stand for exam was good, figure eight was good, recall was a little rocky so we repeated it. Came in a little wide on her front and crooked on recall. Second time was nice though. And no issues with the preferred stay - good girl! I actually think she enjoyed herself. Go figure - you just never know with her!
Navarre! OMG, SUCH a puppy. Such a giant, uncoordinated, dorky, floppy puppy. I don't get how he can look so good in agility yet can't get his body organized to heel with any sort of grace for more than 2 feet in a row. He was trying really hard, and he definitely looked like a PUPPY, but a happy puppy. Did much better with the offleash heeling and the figure eight, but, yeah, rather ridiculous. Stand for exam was good, recall he kept anticipating a drop - where did that came from? We did it twice and he was like, "Recall? I have never seen this before in my life." Dork. Great focus though, I was really happy with his attitude and attention. He's just not ready for obedience, and probably won't be for a couple years. Which is funny, as I really did think he was going to go play Rally when he was younger - ha! No, maybe when he's three or four we'll see if he can heel like he's not made out of playdough.
More proof that I was right to fire him for obedience - the group stays. Nice sit-stay, and good on the downstay ... until about 2 minutes, then he turned belly up and started requesting me to play. And then he would just not settle down after that, he was like, "This is DUMB, let's go play!" And he does long stays all the time, he just thought it was silly. I couldn't be upset with him, he was too fricken cute. A great opportunity to test if he can work in a new place with other people and dogs - and he most definitely can. I felt totally connected with him, a good experience for us both.
Haku! The reason for the trip! I had planned to mostly handle it like a competition, but I think going from Navarre to Haku really put me in a goofy training mood. Was surprised to see some stress from Haku going in the first time for Utility, some yawning and displacement. It was good to see when we went in for Open that was gone.
Utility went pretty well! Heeling was fine, a little shifting on his stand for signals, but signals looked great. No issues with articles (except some excited squeaking). Gloves he took a hard look at the wrong glove, but kept it together other than seriously killing that glove on the way back. Moving stand was good, as usual. Ah, directed jumping - no surprise, this did not go well. I had my glove scrap out there for his retrieve go-out, and actually his first go-out was nice! But then he just did not recognize their panel jump at all, it was very unusual looking. So I tried again, he still didn't get it, so we had to stop and train the panel jump - ha! The good news, after that he did great with his directed jumping portion on both jumps (at 12 inches). But on his second go-out he went to the corner. Grumble grumble. So we fixed it and then did several in a row with no props perfectly - but at some point we need to actually do it right without having to fix it first. Someday.
Then Open - it's been a while! Open does make Haku HIGH, and barky. Heeling was better, drop on recall was great. Only a little bit of munching the dumbbell on the flat. He did not pull out his current issue of refusing to let go of the dumbbell or glove, so that was nice. That high jump though, every time he saw it he had to go, 'Oh yeah - that's a jump!" BUT, he fixed himself every time, even if it was at the last minute. But that also meant he almost took the dumbbell to the judge as he was going over at such wonky angles. And broadjump wasn't bad, a little crooked, but good ... except for he would bark on the finish every time - I tried twice and then let it go.
Feeling good about Haku and his UKC Open trial in August. I think he'll have fun, Open seems to be all Haku approved exercises. I think he'll be goofy, but we have the skills in theory. Should work on some jump retrieve proofing, and broad jump can always use some love. Feeling BETTER about our Utility exercises, though it really depends on how much we work on it in August as to whether we'll be ready for trialing in September. It all comes down to feeling confident in his go-outs - ALL of his go-outs. Practice ... a novel thought.
The look - Psychic Chicken Guy was right, my chickens have started laying!
I assume it's the three more 'advanced' girls, because they just like to do everything earlier. Shown for size is the last two remaining eggs from my old chickens. That's right, I'm still eating eggs that my chickens laid like 5-6 months age. Fresh eggs last FOREVER.
This is not just a cute picture of an awesome dog, I was TRYING to take a picture to show that his white spot on his eye is much smaller these days. You can't tell, but trust me.
And here's Navarre on the dogwalk in the yard for the first time in forever. Was interesting to me seeing him being so deliberate in adding an extra stride to hit - mostly going the one direction. And that was the direction where I had put a jump for the first time instead of a cone. And he WOULD NOT go over that jump, so it was interesting to see his thought process, which was to slow down and make sure he got better dogwalk hits, and then still run around the jump. He did eventually figure it out, but I'm pretty sure he doesn't really know what 'jump' means. His threadles to the offside of the tunnel and to the backside of the jump looked great though. Our current project is to get back on our running dogwalk train, and then once THAT'S fixed, back on our STOPPED dogwalk project. And then train the aframe. He says this is way more fun than obedience.