The drop on recall was an okay recall, it just lacked the essential drop part. Oy!
And finally the recall over the broad jump. This was weird. Bess actually went around the broad jump! I can't even remember when the last time that happened if at all! (yeah, yeah, how many times have you heard someone say that at a trial!!)
After only recently getting up the courage to review the videos, I have to admit that it didn't look quite as horrible as I had built it up in my mind. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't good, but it wasn't as awful as I was thinking it was. I have hope. And I'm very happy to see how happy she was in between exercises. She is starting to grow into the mental image that I have of us as a team in the ring. That makes me happy.:0)
A while later, Heffner was up in Beginner Novice. Poor Heffner! By the time he got to run it was quite warm and the flies had really been bugging him. And also not entirely in his favor, the intact male running before us had marked on the course. Yikes! But I was already willing to give up some points for a tight leash, and you better believe I wasn't going to let him get distracted and stall out at that spot! The heeling was okay. More par for the course for him. We had no sit on the halt. The figure 8 wasn't so great and I made the mistake of starting off in a different direction than I normally do with him. He was acting a bit distracted so I started off with him on the inside, and I think that just set him off from the get go. Normally he's quite good heeling on the outside of the circle, but not so much this time around. His sit for exam was great! The flies just wouldn't stop bothering him for his sit stay and unfortunately he stood up. But at least he otherwise stayed where I put him.:0/ And the recall was just bad. He didn't come on the first command and he didn't want to come to front without a lot of help. Oh well! Much to keep working on at matches!