Agility Competition Day 1

by Melissa R. on September 12, 2009

Whew! What a weekend! This was the first time we competed on both days of a competition. So both Saturday & Sunday were all agility for us. This was also the first time we competed in the “Open” class, and were quite nervous about it. The novice courses were really easy for us, and we got our three Q’s needed to advance out right away. Up to this point, we had never HAD a no-qualify, so I was certain it was about to come.

Here’s the rundown of Day 1:

Standard Agility Course, Open, Saturday:

The Teeter

The Teeter

This didn’t look too tough for us, and I had a good game plan in mind how to run it. Plus, we watched the Excellence group before us, and a lot of our course was the same so I was able to see how they were running the course which helped. When it came for our turn we started out ok – Mocca usually needs a little pepping-up and attention getting right off the bat, but then gets in the game. We had a problem though just a few obstacles in: The A-Frame. Normally Mocca is happy to take a run up & down the A-Frame, but there was a new surface she had never been exposed to on it (a new, cushy surface which is much better for the dogs). So she hopped on…and off….and on…and off…We tried three times, and on our fourth and final try (only allowed four tries) I managed to get her to go up with a lot of excitement on my part. After that we were a little flustered, but managed to regain our composure and run the rest of the course flawlessly. Unfortunately, due to the time spent on the A-Frame, we were well over time, and did not Qualify.

Jumpers With Weaves Course, Open, Saturday:
I was MUCH more confident about the Jumpers course, because well, there is NO A-FRAME! Plus, Mocca just really likes a Jumpers course more than the other. Again, I thought not a bad course, and had it planned out well. We started off strong and continued all the way through it with only one refusal (my fault). We were well under time and Q’d so that really made my day!!!

Thanks goes out to Camp Bandy in Amherst Junction, WI, and the American Belgian Malinois Club for putting together a great trial.

For more information on the sport of dog agility, check out some of my other articles:

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About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the DrsFosterSmith.com and LiveAquaria.com websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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