Agility: November Trial Recap

by Melissa R. on November 29, 2009



We had two agility competitions scheduled in November. I was really looking forward to them because we had finally got our act together in Open Standard and got our first Qualify in October and I had stopped being so nervous about being in the Excellent level of Jumpers With Weaves! We were going to have fun.

1st November Trial:
I don’t have any video of this to share, as I had conveniently forgotten the video camera (sorry!). We arrived at 8:30, and only had to wait about 20 minutes before it was time for us to do our walk-through for Excellent JWW. It was a tricky course as usual, and although we did OK, we had a couple faults that gave us a No-Qualify. I felt good though because we were confident and had fun, rather than stressing out. I figure it’s going to take us awhile to get a Q in here anyway.

We then had a lengthy 4- hour wait for Open Standard. That’s a lot of time to kill! We were able to get in a good long walk though as it was a lovely day for early November. The course itself seemed pretty easy (they always do after the crazy Jumpers courses!) and I was feeling confident. Sure enough, we ran a GREAT course and came away with another Q in Open Standard! Now we just needed one more to advance finally to Excellent.

2nd November Trial:
We did our 8:30 arrival time again, which worked perfectly. I think I need to get Mocca a good bunch of exercise prior to our run though as it seems she always performs better at our second run, and if I could get her worked out a little prior to our first she might perform better. She seems to be “full of it” when we do our first run – barking at me a lot and running a bit more uncontrolled. I will try this at our next trial. We didn’t Q in Jumpers again, but I was a little off my game, and I think Mocca was as well due to being overindulged with treats at the nearby Foster & Smith Retail store the day before! I was satisfied though because Mocca hit her weave entrance perfect, and zipped through them very quickly which is unlike her.

Then we had another fun (boring) 4- hour wait while Excellent Standard ran. It was a bit of a dreary day, but we tried to get a good amount of outside time. The Open Standard course looked good, with a few tricky spots I felt we could negotiate. I was so hoping to get our title finally and advance! When our turn came – we ran PERFECT and had a clean run (although we mucked up a little at the weaves, we must have walked the line perfectly and didn’t get a fault!). See the video below:

Therefore, November was a great month for us! In just over a year of competing in AKC agility, we have titled in Novice and Open for both Standard and Jumpers With Weaves which I think is a great accomplishment for first timers! We have one more competition this year, which will be our first being in Excellent for the Standard course (and no more 4- hour wait!). We’re really looking forward to it, and starting to rack up points. Stay tuned…

Thanks to Camp Bandy, the Timber Ridge Obedience Club of Central Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Rapids Kennel Club for putting on a great trial.

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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 and 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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Omar Reyes (Dog Care Journey) November 29, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Hello Melissa,

Thanks for sharing some insight into what its like at these agility competitions. I bet the wait gets to you after a while. Although it seems that you find ways to keep you and Mocca occupied.

All the best to you in your competitions.

Omar Reyes

Laura December 2, 2009 at 3:07 pm

I really enjoyed watching the video of the agility course competition with Mocca and you. I hadn’t really ever watched an actual agility competition before, so it was very interesting to see what’s all involved in the actual course. It’s easy to see how much time and work is put into training and competing. Congrats on a great first year!

Melissa R. December 2, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Thank everyone. It really is a lot of fun! Mocca enjoys it the most though, which is why I do it. We have another competition coming up in a couple weeks which we’re looking forward to!

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