I had a good weekend at the WAG Trial in Corvallis. It was great to be back trialing and seeing people I haven't seen in a long time. I am really happy with the dogs too.
I have been working with Spritz on 2o2o on the dogwalk and waiting for a release. He gave me 100%, so how could I fault that one. I have also been working on his teeters. He used to come right off of the end and on to the next obstacle. This past weekend I think he broke 2 teeters and the rest he waited for his release. His start lines are getting better. He is tons of fun to run!
Lash was awesome. Lash will be 8 years old in a couple of months and is still holding her own in Masters and even placing amongst the young whipper snappers. I was very proud of our standard course on Sunday because I decided to try a blind cross on the fly. I watched handler after handler put in a front cross and did not like it. The front cross, even when executed nicely, was breaking the dog's stride. With Lash, I had her on my left over a couple of jumps, slipped in front of her and lowered my right arm and picked her up on my right. It worked so nice and I was so proud of her that I forgot to call her after the jump and she banked off of the A-frame. My head was gone after that, but I didn't care as I executed the blind cross without even walking it.
Here are the videos of the runs I got filmed at the trial.
Dog Training and Understanding
1 month ago