Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spritz and Lash at the WAG Trial

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.