March 2nd 2009 10:39 pm
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I competed in my first agility event today, March 2, 2009, the day I turned 15 months old (AKC allows exhibitors to enter dogs who are at least 15 months old). The show was four days long, and I watched from a shaded canopy spot for three days. Well, really I got to watch when I was quiet (no "woofs" appreciated). Guess people can hear my very soft whine, even though I think I'm being subtle.
On day 4 of the event, it wasn't frantic. Being a Monday, many people had already closed up tent and headed home or were busy and focused on other things. It seemed like a good day to give it a go.
I ran the Novice A Jumpers With Weaves (JWW) first and tackled 14 obstacles, with a run-out. Humom didn't trust me enough to follow her lead (body language) and took the path on the outside of the poles, where we met awkwardly between jumps and it confused me a bit. After that I blazed a course to the finish line reading every cue correctly. So for my first agility run in competition, I qualified (Q) and got a beautiful Blue rosette ribbon for first place.
My second event was Novice A Standard, and even without a Q, I completed the course as it was designed, starting and finishing with . I knocked down a pole early on and had a table fault and knocked off a couple poles on the final jump because humom was behind me and I turned to make sure she was coming with me (woof!). My weaves on the standard course were not as solid as JWW, and the table was a challenge since I had so much momentum that I ended up at the edge when mom asked me to "sit". An earlier cue for both the table and weave poles would help (note to humom). That standard course was hard work, about 17 obstacles and required a lot of running with a couple tricky course redirects.
I do have something to work on for the next AKC event: returning to humom instead of proudly walking toward the exit, which, if breeched with a leash on means an elimination (AKC rule) as of March 1, 2009. First time, she dove to the ground to get a hold of my collar, and the second time I was slower moving :0.
Today, was a very good day indeed - double woof! You'll have to take my word for it. The video camera battery was dead... completely zapped. Who needs a camera? I have my blue ribbon!
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