Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Good Part

Seven and I competed in another three-day agility trial last weekend.  It became very apparent that we are trialing too much.  I try to do agility 3 or 4 days a week.  If I go to a three-day agility trial, that eats into most of my practice days for the week.  So with two agility trials on back-to-back weekends that leaves me with only one or so days of training.
Friday and Saturday's runs were especially bad.  Although Seven never missed a contact zone on the climbing obstacles, she did not perform them as trained.  She is suppose to stop with her front feet on the dirt and her rear feet on the obstacle (two on, two off) until I release her, but she was releasing herself.  We also had an extremely high number of refusals (running past jumps instead of jumping them).  I do think I may have learned something valuable about Seven that I will save for my next post.  But needless to say, I have a nice laundry list of training issues to work on until our next agility trial.

Despite not qualifying in five runs on Friday and Saturday, Seven and I pulled it together on Sunday and she earned her second double qualifying score (QQ) towards her agility championship.  Thank goodness not all was lost! 
2 QQs, 18 QQs to go, 147 points, 603 points to go