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

9 comments:

houndstooth said...

I'm glad something good came of the weekend, and I try to remind myself that sometimes we learn more from our mistakes than our successes. Here's hoping the next one goes much better!

andrea said...

nice work with QQ and it sounds to me like the weekend was one of learning all round ;)

looking forward to the next post

jcp said...

Nice Video. Glad you had a good run Sunday. We learn more from our failures than our successes.

Anonymous said...

Contests on the QQ. You gotta start somewhere! At least you know what to work on.

Victoria said...

That should have said "congrats " Victoria

Claire Krigbaum said...

Great Sunday double Q! I hadn't noticed how fuzzy her tail was before, it's really cute.

Hiking Hounds said...

Well, the QQ runs looked great. :-) You didn't happen to see a Viszla barking it up on her runs is a blond handler? My friend from Flagstaff was in South Carolina last weekend and was in a trial somewhere out there. I'm not sure where it was, haven't been able to ask if she saw someone running greyhounds. But I thought it would be a funny coincidence if you were at the same trial.

Kathy said...

Those 2 QQs looked god though :)
You and Seven and doing great when you think about the short period of time you all have been trialing :)

Michelle said...

Sounds like she is progressing well. Nice work! :)