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Old 01-09-2017, 07:32 AM   #211 (permalink)
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We went to trials in Syracuse this weekend. I like these trials since you can match in the rings you will show in on Friday and then trial on Saturday and Sunday. For the match time we worked on all of the exercises except scent since I didn't want to make a mistake with my articles right before the trial. Lily did great go outs and nice heeling. She also did the signals in the match rings.

Saturday things were mixed. She missed the 2nd go out and she walked in on the signals, but did the glove and the 2nd article along with a very nice moving stand. Sunday also had mixed results but was generally better than Saturday, including that she stayed out for the signals. Saturday we had some really top notch competitors (like think OTCh and Nationals) who joined us in the NQ pool, so maybe there was a vibe in that ring.

One of my friends who was at the trials (PF's own mashaphan) watched us both days. We were talking after we finished on Saturday and one of the things Martha made note of to me was how "serious" my affect was on Saturday. She is right and I know I am often too serious in the ring. This is a hobby, so it should be fun, right? I made sure that I used a brighter voice and kept a smile on my face on Sunday. I think that helped. So I have to do some attitude adjustment I guess.
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Old 01-09-2017, 10:41 AM   #212 (permalink)
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Sounds like it was a very productive weekend!! Good job Lily!!!

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One of my friends who was at the trials (PF's own mashaphan) watched us both days. We were talking after we finished on Saturday and one of the things Martha made note of to me was how "serious" my affect was on Saturday. She is right and I know I am often too serious in the ring. This is a hobby, so it should be fun, right? I made sure that I used a brighter voice and kept a smile on my face on Sunday. I think that helped. So I have to do some attitude adjustment I guess.
I'm sure it would be so easy to be "serious". You traveled a long way for that time in the ring. You are focused and you'd like Lily and Javelin to be focused. I have watched the Crufts videos on YouTube, and those handlers look confident but serious, especially on obedience (although, I'm not sure if they would be considered a hobby?). Having said that, I'm sure your uplifting voice and smiles helped Lily relax on Sunday . Thank you for sharing your weekend!
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I think this is where video can be helpful. I know you're already capturing a lot of video, but maybe go back and review what YOU'RE doing vs. Lily.

You'll get there! If you kept trying the same thing, you'd stay in a rut, but you're smart enough to analyze the problems.

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Marguerite, yes video does help since you can't watch yourself if you are doing what you should be!
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Poodles and I got in the car early this morning and drove down to a place in New Jersey to take match time. Every time I do this I come close to not going and getting back in bed! Then I remind myself I spent money for the entries and tell myself not to burn my bucks like that.

Well now I am starting to see consistently good outcomes from matches that I treat like trials and as a result I think it is going to be easier and easier to get myself out of the door. We had fun in the ring and after a little silliness about go outs at the very start of our first run somebody we know put in a qualifying performance of everything!
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I entered a set of trials that consisted of 2 rally trials last night and then an obedience trial today. One of the rally judges was the obedience judge we showed to today. These events were at one of the places that I go for match ring time.

It was my hope that getting the butterflies out in the rally trial last night would help with utility today and I think it did. We got two more RAE legs last night on some challenging courses. It was late when we got to our hotel and we had a host of oddball things happen there (partly based on me having to bring my mom's dog, left Javelin home), but after a decent night's sleep we went back over to the show site this morning. I was happy to see the order of the exercises was: gloves, scent articles, directed jumping, heeling and signals and then moving stand for exam. The signals continue to be the big challenge so I am always happy to see them tucked towards the back after things Lily does well. We qualified everything except the signals. It was a little disappointing to have gotten through most of the exercises successfully and then miss the drop signal (where Lily walked in towards me), but she really tried very hard. She persevered through tough moments and came back after failing the drop to do the sit, come and finish, and then to do a good moving stand.
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You will get there!

I just started classes with a multi-OTCH trainer who is teaching in Westminster, MD, which is close enough for me to attend once a week. She's already making a lot of sense and I'm working on the things she suggested. (Mostly, getting Neely's nose off the floor.)

I hope you don't mind if I share a bit of good news that happened today in our own quest.

I'm trial secretary at small CDSP trial this weekend and running in Utility B, which is not precisely equivalent to AKC's UB, since it's not a titling class, but more like Versatility, with a mix of exercises from other levels. The breakthrough we had today was getting TWO of the bonus exercises, each of which is worth 20 points toward this venue's OTCH-C title. Whether you try for the bonus or not, it does not affect your basic score.

The baseball bonus is a "directed signal retrieve," like the second half of UKC's utility glove exercise. The gloves are on laid out like 1st, 2nd, and 3rd bases, while you stand at home plate. (Confusingly, the left-hand glove is #1 and the right-hand glove is #3.) You must send the dog to the center of the ring (the pitcher's mound) and tell him to sit. Then the judge tells you which glove to send the dog to. Today, our first glove was #2, which is behind the dog and a very tricky one to teach. He never hesitated! In our second run, the glove was #1 (third base) and he got it without any issues--but it is his favorite glove.

All that said, we still need 2 Qs to finish AKC Preferred Open. Then we will play in Preferred Utility. I decided after Neely's Addison's diagnoses that I really didn't need to add the stress of group stays to his life.

May you continue to have success while working toward your goal! I really thought you'd tell us today that you'd gotten a Q!
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