Bear with me, I am totally spazzing :)
Funny...I was nervous going to class tonight...unsure and didn't know what to expect.
I got there, took Lynn out and let her take everything in. The ring, the dogs, showed her that she had toys here, food, water etc. She looked a bit like, what are we doing here? And who are all the dogs in the ring?
We have a smaller class, which is great, we get a few runs, and everyone gets to have a good time :) We started with a 7 obstacle sequence--ending on the dogwalk...Not novice level, definetly not, and an angled entry to the dogwalk. I fought the urge to put her on it to make sure she knew it was a dogwalk. Afterall, she won't get that at a trial!
We watched other dogs, she was QUIET (WTF??? I am guessing that will last, OH, until next week!) and then it was her turn. I think she thought she was an the trial just hanging out like she always is, and when suddenly I gave her the "we are going to work!" command she looked at me like I had sprouted 2 heads :) REALLY!??!
I was nervous, #1, how was I going to handle that particular dogwalk situation (angle coming off a 180 of jumps) and #2 what is she going to do? Knock bars, miss jumps, fly off the dogwalk...etc etc. STOP...RUN YOUR DOG.
I led out, and ran...she not only ran, she ran very well, clean in fact. Her dogwalk was LOVELY, I mean LOVELY....3 feet in the yellow, never worried, never slowed down, just ran. What an adrenaline rush. I probably looked like a total moron to everyone else as I spazzed out with her after the dogwalk. WOW Lynn...WOW...they can think what they want...I wanted Lynn to know she was amazing...and I did :)
Second course had an aframe in it...no problemo said Lynn :) Done...
Third course was MUCH harder, 17 obstacles, full course, a-frame, weaves etc included. I lead out, she was going to have to send lateral to a tunnel which I doubted at first. Nope, you taught her that. So I released her over the jump, told her tunnel and moved into my front cross, she didn't skip a beat :) Then it was 3 jumps to an angled/fast weave entry, she missed it...figured out why afterwards, 20" weave poles...icky. She has never trained on those, but she did do them the 2nd try....so I am pretty darn happy with that. Hit her A-frame perfectly and rear crossed a jump to the dogwalk...ran the dogwalk PERFECTLY again and to the tire, hard left to a tunnel, then another tunnel then a triple which you had to basically layer, and the teeter, which she didn't even skip a beat on..and end on a jump. She NAILED it. WOW...more looking like a moron, partying with my Stewie!!
I then took her into the other ring after the class was over, to the bouncier dogwalk...NAILED it...She ran like a grown dog...wow...
The most fun about it? I had to handle like I meant it, I couldn't be a slacker and be safe..the running contacts don't allow that...what an adrenaline rush!!! I HAD to push myself, how will I get there, what will I do? Timing, running..everything...I was on cloud 9.
I don't regret teaching them, I would rather NQ running like THAT, than Q running, well, safe. That feeling of holding on for dear life, yet being in control, is something I am really enjoying :)
Lynn has come a very very long way, she and I have not always seen eye to eye, and her super independent nature has definetly made some training interesting if not downright hard, but all that work, is paying off. What an amazing dog...I don't deserve her, but no one else is going to get her :)
I can't wait to trial her!!!! Bring it ON!
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