What a great day! We had lots of fun at the trial – we got to see Dexter’s sister Ginny and their brother Sagan too, as Sagan’s mum and dad were judges at the trial.
Our first run of the day was Starter’s Gamblers. Dexter needed this one to move up to Advanced Gamblers, and he got it! A Q and a 2nd place … we don’t mind coming in second to his brother Sagan at all :) But we would have been first if Dexter had not decided that he didn’t feel like doing pinwheels either time in the mini, as we were just a few points behind Sagan.
Our next run was Starter’s Standard, the first one Dex has ever done. It’s actually difficult for us to do these Starter’s courses because we are in a Master’s Level agility class, so the courses are tighter and tougher. Wide open space for a dog with Dex’s extension is pretty tough (and his bad handler has not worked enough on collection).
We Q’d this too, with a second place. We were less than a second behind the first place dog, and again if it weren’t for a minor error that cost us a couple of seconds, we would have been first. He missed his weave entry and we had to go back for it. But I’m not bummed – I am super proud of my baby dog!
In the middle of the trial right about here, Tweed fell down the bleacher stairs backwards :( My poor old man just is not as agile as he used to be. But he made a stellar come back by going on to Q (with a 1st place, and a good 10 seconds faster than the other dogs in his height class) Masters Standard! That’s my super old man! No video, but here’s a bonus photo for you to virtually scritch him under the chin.
Then, at the end of the day, Dexter left his brain in the truck I guess. This was Starter’s Jumpers, which started out with Dexter breaking his start line stay for the first time ever in his life … and this kind of set the tone for the whole run. I could tell he was running hell bent for leather, and he wasn’t at all interested in going where I asked him to, which became very apparent when he locked onto the wrong tunnel mouth and bypassed the tire in order to bypass me! And then he tried to take the spread jump BACKWARDS! At least he’s fearless :)
I had so much fun running my D-Mo Doggie. He’s just a blast. We just need to iron out some few small things, but that’s the fun of training a new dog after all. And he didn’t lick any weave poles!