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Old 10-14-2006, 10:12 PM   #1
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I ran all five of my dogs at the trial today. Cocoa, Marq, Dega, Tip, and Tusket.

Cocoa did so well! She ran fast, clean, and was just such a good girl! We had a great time! She ended up Qualifying in Elite Standard, Open Jumpers, Novice Tunnelers, and Open Touch-n-Go. So basically she Qd in every single one of her runs but one. (In the first round of Elite Standard there was a 15-20 foot distance challenge for the weaves. I attempted it. Cocoa popped out a bit early, but it was my fault.)

Our Open Jumpers run:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vERK-kxc1Tw

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Marq did well too! He Qd in his Novice Tunneler's run, and was not even a second over time in Novice Jumpers. (He would have made time, but my bad handling caused him to run around a jump. If you watch the video closely, you can see that I didn't exagerate my movements enough. But hey, I'm still working on getting better at handling large dogs! Lol. I am used to my small cockers and such!)

Novice Jumpers:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkBzRIPKJWI

Marq almost Qd in many other runs, but it was my bad handling, yet again, that caused him to mess up. But, this is only our 3rd ever trial, and I don't pracitce with him as much as we should. It will just take a few more trials to really get connected with eachother.

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Dega wasn't that horrible, but she didn't qualify at all today. She had a problem with running around obstacles today(I'm guessing my handling might be slightly at fault), as well as just letting herself have a good time by making up her own course! Lol. There's always tomorrow!

Novice jumpers:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0Uwl-HIkn4

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Tip Qd once today!!! She actually Qd,.. and in STANDARD! She WEAVED! She HIT HER CONTACTS! And she stayed on course, and didn't turn excessively wide! I was VERY VERY VERY VERY proud of Tip for that run! But, that was her only Q for today. She came close to Qualifying in Tunnelers and Touch-n-Go, but those darn off course tunnels love to suck her in!

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Tusket also Qd in her standard today!!! She did 18 POLED WEAVES! This is a dog that you can hardly get to weave 6 poles, let alone 18!! But she did it! and she was happy and goofy. What a good girl! Tusket also Qd in Open Touch-n-Go!

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i think you handled very well for being so young, it was a really good job on both you and the dogs part! practice makes perfect, keep up the great work!!!
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Excellent work! Youtube is *wonderful*. I loved Dega's trial. I laughed when she went way wide of the tunnel then came back and jumped on top of the entrance. But watching her jump, it looked like she had so much drive for it. Cocoa and Marq did great, congratulations. I wish I could watch more competitions in person, but they never hold any near enough to where I live.
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Excellent pictures! Looks like it was a great day!
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great handling!!! your dogs are all really good! it also looks like they all has a blast congrads

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Awesome job and pictures, thanks for sharing all of them.
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Sabledog, thankyou ...but.. lol. I know I'm young, but I've also been training and trialing for 8 years with my dogs. Marq, my newest agility dog, is my 7th dog I've trained myself in agility, and I've handled even more than that. So, I'm a bit hard on myself when it comes to the handling. I'm definitely a bit more used to the smaller dogs, as that is what I almost always handle. I'm used to smaller dogs that are able to turn faster and that don't need as exagerated body movements. But, I'm learning. This is only Marq's third ever trial, and we've only been training for 8 months. And during those 8 months, at least two of the months were interrupted by conformation/jrs/4-H shows so I was not able to focus on agility at all. So, considering the circumstances, Marq is doing a fantastic job. What a good, goofy boy!

Today was the last day of the trial. Marq didn't bring any Qs home this time. Those darn tunnels just suck him right in and we get off courses! But that is okay. He had a blast, and so did I. And there's nothing better than entertaining the crowd and other exhibitors! But, despite Marq's minor novice mistakes, I had several people tell me how great he was! Once we gain a bit more contorl and I adjust to handling a large dog a bit better, he's going to be fantastic! His weaves are amazing, contacts are very consistant(was complimented alot on those!), he's never knocked a bar, and he even doesn't do too badly with the distance! I need to teach him some extra commands still though such as "switch" or "left/right". He needs to get used to rear crosses, and a stronger "go out" would be nice. But he's doing so great!

Dega also got compliments too. Today, our first standard run of the day, she had a PERFECT FAST run. She didn't miss any contacts at all, she was QUICK the entire time, I handled great, perfect entry into the weaves without any hesitation at all, and she got the distance challenge. It was an AMAZING run. I had several people come up to me later today to congratulate me and tell me how much she has improved. Many of them commented on how two years ago they thought she would have never finished a course(we had had HUGE nervous issues with her due to her past abuse), but look at her now! I had one massive GRIN on my face for about 30 minutes straight after each one of those people came up to me and said that. Can you imagine how funny I looked walking my courses with a huge grin on my face? Lol... I tried to stop, but just couldn't. My little weasel butt. Such a good girl.

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