March Agility: Our 1st Since December!

by Melissa R. on April 13, 2010

Happy Dog!

Happy Dog!

The last time Mocca & I competed in a dog agility trial was mid-December 2009! January was snowed out, February I just plain old forgot to sign up (whoops), and so when March rolled around I made sure to sign us up, even though I was dreading it.

Dreading it? Yes, really! It had been three months of no agility, and I was not looking forward to this next competition. I actually thought about not going! But, I persevered, and got ready the night before, not looking forward to my 5 a.m. wake up call to hit the road.

Then a funny thing started to happen…

When I was getting ready, somehow Mocca could tell there was something different going on, and that it involved HER. She followed me everywhere, ready to dash to the door at any given instant. How she could tell we were going somewhere, I’m not sure! I must have been doing something different, or it was my clothes, shoes or bag…Hard to say. There was some cue there though. This struck me – wow, she was REALLY excited and didn’t even know where we were going. I perked up a little, too.

Then, when we got to the trial grounds (two hour drive), Mocca perked up again. When I unloaded at the trial grounds and took Mocca for a quick walk, I could already see a difference in her. Tail held high, head up, ears perked, and a little smile I swear! Each time we walked anywhere near the trial building, Mocca would start veering and pulling in that direction! I couldn’t believe it. How fun it was to see how excited she was! In my winter-fog I had forgotten how much fun this was FOR HER. To heck with me having to get up at 5 a.m. or driving so far or any of that… Just looking at Mocca having such a great time was enough.

We went for a good long walk after I checked in, in an effort to tire her out before our first run. I think it helped a lot because she ran a lot smoother, and although we didn’t Qualify (missed weave pole entrance…twice…) – we were under time and our only mistake was the weaves. This was a great improvement from past experiences. At the end of our course, Mocca let out her “roo-roo” she is so famous for, and was rewarded with roo’s back from the audience!

Our second run wasn’t too bad either, but I screwed up in several spots. She DID get her weave pole entrance that time! We also navigated a tricky tunnel/dog walk trap successfully, and were under time – so all-in-all, after a three-month break I think we did GREAT. Plus, Mocca just had such a wonderful time (and snoozed all the way home contentedly)…It was a great day and I was very happy I didn’t give into my earlier caution!

Hopefully, our training will start again soon as the snow has melted, and the training grounds are just about dry. I’m looking forward to getting our first “Q” in the Excellent level this year!

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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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brittany April 13, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Way to go!!! 🙂

Sara April 16, 2010 at 8:44 am

I’ve always thought about getting my dog into agility. I think he’d be great at it even though he’s a little guy!

Chihuahua Care and Training April 19, 2010 at 1:39 am

It sounds like Mocca just had such a wonderful time with her dog agility competition!

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