27 September 2015
Banksy's very first trial, the real deal.
Well, it was UKI and I did bring a toy in most of the runs and it was only a 1 ring trial. Does this still count? I loved rewarding her startlines, especially since several of them involved jumps staring right at straight tunnels. All startlines held!
There were perfect weave poles, there were perfect teeters, there were awesome aframes. The jumps were 16"! Banksy is a teensy pocket collie. There was only 1 dogwalk in her 4 runs, which I stopped and in hindsight should have run it and tunnel waiting there as an off course be damned because she did a creeper on her down ramp. This is a thing I would like to erase this month, her new habit of getting creepy when she does her stop, the very thing I most never, ever wanted on a stopped dogwalk and now we got it.
Like stomach fat. The last thing you ever, ever want attached to your person. And then all of a sudden it's there.
Hopefully we can become a successful both running and stopped dogwalk team. Both! Options! But I want that creepiness to go away when she stops.
Some off course tunnels. All but one caused by crappy handling. One caused by Banksy! So this is a thing, it's a thing we already have, she is fast and I am slow and these happen. Story of my life.
There were little airplanes flying overhead every so often, there's a little airport down the road. No airplane chasing, not even a hint. No apeshits. I did try to go last in my jump height, but she did great dealing with being near the agility and not throwing fits. I was impressed.
Hooray for Banksy. I was so glad we could do this with the toy in hand, because next Saturday we're going to a far more busy and crowded 2 ring USDAA trial. Next to a train. Yes. A train.
I think Banksy is ready. I think I am too. I hope we are. I think we have agility!
by team small dog at 5:29 PM