Sunday, October 10, 2010

Rally Trial Day 2

Day 2 was a little better than day 1. The advantage to Rally being in the afternoon versus in the morning with Obedience is that people were starting to pack their crates up and head out. Which meant that there was a little more room. Still not a ton, but every bit counts. And the atmosphere just felt more relaxed this time around. Maybe because there were less people. At any rate, first up again was Bess in Excellent.

The course was nice and I didn't do any major foibles. My only down fall was practicing downs with her before hand too much. I was trying to decide on whether to do the formal obedience down signal or to do the signal that I originally trained the dogs with. I decided to go with the latter because I've been using it longer. And while Bess understands the formal obedience signal, when she's in heel position and we have to do the moving down, it's just not as obvious and we've only been doing it for a couple of weeks now. So stick with what you know so you don't have to redo the station.;o) The downfall of practicing downs so much before hand was that she was anticipating the down. And for one of the stations I needed her to go from a sit to a stand to a down. Because we had JUST been practicing downs with two different signals, she went from a sit to a down, so we redid that station. Otherwise it was a good run. The competition was tougher today and we took third, but we definitely had a MUCH better run!

Next up was Heffner in Advanced. I was going in with more of a relaxed mind set, but also pretty much figured that I would be pulling him at some point during the run. I did some focus work with him before our run and then we were in. He actually started off pretty well and I started to get my hopes up. He even did a freaking left pivot! And with eye contact! Unfortunately we had to stop at station 7. It was a simple halt and then walk around your dog. The problem like yesterday was that Heffner decided to look any where but at me and refused to sit. I tried. I really tried. With several different voice inflections and volume levels, but no dice. So we unfortunately quit on a not so positive note. After the pivot I really thought that we might actually be able to make it through the whole course. But it wasn't to be. Oh well.

I do have some other exciting news to share!! I just got back from the first official meeting of our new drill team!!! Woo hoo!!! There are going to be four great danes, a tibetan mastiff, and a bullmastiff (once I send her the group invite). Tonight was an organisational meeting to get things started and figure out which direction we are wanting to go. At the moment, we are going to go in the direction of a musical freestyle drill team, with the eventual aim of also doing some formal obedience drill team work. I think it's going to be a TON of fun! We're going to have our first get together with the dogs next Saturday to start practicing some basic moves and get a feel for how all the dogs and people are going to jive together. I'm REALLY excited!!

I hope that everyone had a great weekend and here's hoping that tomorrow won't be a killer Monday!


Kathie R said...

Congrats on the placement with Bess. Sounds like she is really doing well with Rally. And, sounds like Heffner is improving. I'm curious though, why did you decide to quit with the station that he had problems with, rather than going on to the next station? Just wondering :)

I'd love to hear more about your drill team. I've often thought that would be fun to do with Danes. How do you get started with that? Any specific routines?

Jennifer H. said...

Big congrats on your legs and placements with Bess! That is awesome!! And I can completely relate to being the one to mess up the station. LOL

I'm sorry that Heff was distracted. It certainly does sound like it's stress related especially in such tight quarters. It makes it a million times more difficult to trial at places where there isn't room to move. I think that people with smaller dogs take for granted to ability to actually move around with your dog!

I hate having to run back and forth to the car when there isn't enough room for crating and I can only imagine how that would be with two dogs!

And the drill team sounds AWESOME!! Oh how I would love to try something like that. Please do keep us updated!

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Chambray Blue said...

Sounds like a great time was had by all... blessings, bobbi

Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

great job!!! And good luck with working on Heffner's stress issues. Do you have any APDT trials in the area? Maybe having treats with you can help make the ring a more exciting place for him.

Amy / Layla the Malamute said...

Congratulations on Bess's rally!! Sorry that Heffner didn't finish his run, but it's good that you didn't force him through the whole run. I get aggravated when I see people do that - not only is it unfair for the dogs, but it could possibly cause more issues than they're already having.

That's so exciting about your drill team! It'll be so cool to see all larger breeds do that. I LOVEEEE Tibetans. They're in my Top 5 Dog Breeds I'll One Day Have list.