As I’ve mentioned in the previous post, I’ve decided to give Jasmine a break this June. No trials for a month, and only short sequences during practice. Nothing too long, too boring, or too stressful.
The Agility Connection (TAC) / Agility on The River (AOTR) Trial
This year, we had the honour of participating to this famous trial held at the beautiful Lake Ontario Park in Kingston. Jasmine’s previous trial performances had been lukewarm, and I could see she wasn’t having any fun. Although she’s quite enthusiastic during practice, she was sniffing away during trials. Her downtime in June was the best decision I could have made.
This was our first run of the day. To my great surprise, Jasmine was gun-hoe the minute we started our pre-run routine. Once in the ring, she did the mini-gamble once, but I needed to step in for our second attempt. The rest of the run was a bit chaotic, but she was so excited and happy, I felt like laughing out loud! Once the whistle blew, we rushed to the main gamble where she executed the first, then the second jump. I wasn’t quick enough to keep her in “her line”, so she came back to me, but I directed her to the third jump (which she took, yay!) and finally, the teeter, which she did a fly off from!!!! Wow! I was so surprised that she actually attempted it, that I must have sent her a wrong signal or something. I really don’t mind that we didn’t Q, because what counts was her willingness to run, and run FAST. I was told that she looked happy, with her little tail up in the air. : )
This is our course. No, we didn’t actually follow our original plan, and we ended with a 21 pts finish. Jasmine left to join me between jumps 2 & 3 in the main gamble.
I’m very, very happy with the results. We ran this event at around 11 am, and it was already very HOT. Jasmine impressed me yet again by running very fast, doing a great teeter, an awesome rear cross, a perfect table, but…….. Darn it Jasmine, you’re an agility dog, NOT a ballet dancer. She impressed everyone with one of her a beautiful fly offs from the dogwalk. She hopped over the yellow contact zone in a faultless arc. Sigh. Either way, we already had a refusal when Jasmine hesitated and refused to go in the chute. “Refused the chute?” you ask? I took the time to take a picture of it before leaving. Although I think it’s the cutest chute this side of the St. Laurence, it may seem strange to a little white fluffy dog. ; )
Lead outs, serpentines, rear crosses, slices, bring it on!!! We were both oozing confidence during this run, and we didn’t get lost. I loved this course as it was flowing and easy to remember, and in Jasmine’s case, she nailed every manoeuvre which oftentimes cause her problems during practice (hence my serp, rc, and slice comment). The bad news is her off-course between the third and fourth jump. I probably didn’t handle that turn correctly, and she went off at an angle; a move she hasn’t done in ages. Still, we finished the course with ample time to spare, and both of us were glowing with happiness, pride, and…. Hmm. Well, happiness. There’s nothing else to add I guess. I think you get the idea. : )
Fannie’s opinion of the whole day
Fannie was her usual energizer bunny self. I was quite proud of my little fluffies during my volunteer time as both were quiet, and watching the action. Fannie didn’t like visitors when I was in the shade tent, but was otherwise calm. As I was walking back from a frugal shopping spree at the vendors’, I noticed that Jasmine was chillin’ beside a …… dark blanket? Blanket? That’s not a blanket, that’s Fannie!!! I know she’s thin, but this is ridiculous! I felt so bad that my dog looked underfed, that I commented on this to a fellow participant, who replied: “No, no, no. It’s the grass… It’s long, that’s all”. Be that as it may, Fannie still looks freakishly thin, and yes, my vet thinks she’s perfect. Sigh. Here is a picture of her sleeping in the x-pen. Yes, that black line is her.
Setting up the shade tent
As I was setting up our home away from home, I had put a box of timbits on the front passenger’s seat, underneath my overnight bag. You could still see 5 cm of the box sticking out, but I thought it was safe from prying little noses and paws.
Was I ever wrong.
Ahem. Someone found it…. Let it be known that there were 8 timbits left in this box.
Jasmine made sure there was nothing left.
Overall, I’ve very satisfied with Jasmine’s performance. Sure, she did some fly-offs, but I can correct that behaviour with the appropriate training. Now, I know that obtaining Qs in advanced events (apart from jumpers, of course), is simply a matter of time. We’re both gaining confidence, and I can trust her to try her best. She can trust me to guide her appropriately.
Life is good I say….