Saturday, September 4, 2010

Obedience Debut

Last Saturday, Riley debuted in obedience and she did great! She was so happy and cheerful throughout the entire performance. The venue is not the best for green dogs. It is a very busy setting because there is also a conformation show going on. There is lots of barking, blow drying, and airplanes overhead, but Riley was never disconnected and I never felt as though she was distracted for more than a split second. She was better than I expected.


Our major 2 point deduction occurred on the stand for exam. Riley pivoted as the judge approached. No big deal. Just gives us something to work on. Other points were taken off for the lag right at the beginning. She looked away right as we started heeling and her finish (the very last thing) was a little crooked. But most importantly she was happy happy!

Next came the one minute sit stay. This is her least favorite exercise, but she dutifully held her sit. There is just so much air between her butt and the mat. I hope I can build her endurance to three minutes as she needs to perform a three minute, out-of-sight sit stay in Open level obedience. Next came the three minute down stay. Riley has this down.... literally.

Riley finished up with a 192.5 out of a possible 200 points. Definitely a good score for Riley's first time out. She thoroughly enjoyed her macaroni and cheese jackpot.

26 comments:

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Oh WOW! I'm sure there are many people out there who would love to have their dogs working as happily as Riley. She was stunning. Her focus with all that noise and distraction was amazing. Congratulations.

Pam said...

Great job! Great score! Did she win her class?

jet said...

ah that sit!! :) she looks like she has a lot of airspace between the butt and the ground even for a greyhound! ;)

Malika said...

What a happy girl! That is so great to see! Congrats, Jennifer, you are doing a great job with Riley!

IHeartDogs said...

Amazing! She is so focused with the perfect heel. She looks so happy! Way to go Riley!

Granted Wishes Greyhounds said...

OMG the cuteness! Congrats to you and Riley... I want her, lol.

andrea said...

FANTASTIC work - I hope you gave yourself a jackpot something too ;)

Hiking Hounds said...

What a good girl! I love her sit and down. After hold that sit so far from the ground she must have been looking forward to the down. :-) That's great that she was a happy girl too. Congratulations on her debut!

Tarmar said...

Brilliant! I love her bounciness! Congrats on a great first trial!

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Thanks everyone!!! I'm so glad Stephen was there to video so you could all see. She did not win her class... in fact she did not even place. There was a 199 and some other really high scores. Yes, lots of air space on those sits. It would be nice if I could bring her a little cushion. :-)

Sue said...

Well done riley. What a fab score. Can't believe it was her first time. A credit to you.

Jennifer H. said...

CONGRATS on such a beautiful performance!! She is joy to watch. So cute and animated. LOVE IT!

houndstooth said...

Oh my gosh! I just melted into a puddle of goo watching her! I love how happy she is! I had to laugh at that first stop you made when she almost forgot to sit and then did that little happy hop as she remembered. That is an awesome score for her first competition and she looked so adorable. You must be thrilled with her!

Sandy ~~~ said...

Good for you both....geeeesh, I need to get back working on the sit. Creel has just not learned to consistently rock backwards and put his butt on the ground. He just pops up all the time!

Michelle said...

Yay...congrats to Riley and you! =)

Samantha said...

What a great achievement for
Riley! Congrats - that is a GREAT score for 1st time in a trial - OMD!!! Sorries that we haven't been around so much - it has been a bit nutsy over here, but so glad to see what Riley's doing. Sammie's about to enter a couple of fun matches in Open this month, then first Open trial mid-Oct. - very terrified - it is just so hard (and I found getting that CD was tough!) You look very calm indeed - kudos!
xoxoxoxo
Sammie, Mom and Avalon

Katie said...

That's fantastic! What a good girl Riley is. Congratulations.

whygreyhounds said...

Riley looks so happy and did a great job. Congrats to you both on a great score.

gyeong said...

Congrats! That's an awesome score. And it was so much easier for that Corgi to sit.

Sientay L said...

Riley is so cute!! She's so springy. It reminds me of Pebbles. Congrats to her on a job well done. Did she stare at the corgi the whole time during the sit stay? I just love watching her. Thanks Stephen for videotaping!

Kathy said...

Congrats Jen and Riley! Nice job. She sure looked happy the whole time. I know you must be pleased.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Jen, you and Riley are an inspiration to me! I plan to do obedience with my greyhound pup, Josh, who will be 7 months old on Friday. Never did competition obedience, other than Rally, because Annie hated it so -- we went straight to agility. But I may have to pick your brain in the coming months for assistance with Josh. I would love to have him work as happily as Riley works for you in the ring! Absolutely beautiful to watch!

Janet S.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Thanks everyone!

Sientay, she was fine with the corgi. No staring, Stephen just caught her on a head turn. A ridgeback was on the other side of her, but he immediately jumped up and followed his owner.

Janet, happy to help!

Brooke said...

Riley is so fun to watch! She reminds me of my DeeDee with her energy, enthusiasm, and hyperfocusing, lol... Great job training her so far! I can't wait to see what comes next!

Marie said...

I just love watching happy dogs work!! Great video!!!

greytblackdog said...

Congrats! She really does look happy - just like she did at the trial in Perry. Congrats. I'd do a 1 minute sit for a bowl of mac and cheese. Oh - and that pic of her looking at that other dog seems like she is saying - "is this over yet? do you have a watch?"

Roxy does not look like that when we are working and it is becoming obvious that she isn't made for agility. We're going to try rally again now that we are on drugs :)