After a hiatus of one year, I’ve registered both dogs in a rally-o event this weekend. I’ve been practicing with a friend of mine, have been including brief rally training in my daily routine, and felt confident enough that Jasmine would be fine. Fannie, for her part, was competing simply to get used to my “trial” vibes.
In Jasmine’s first run, she had difficulty heeling, but I was ready for that since she had never been at that facility before. Strangely enough, I felt a bit caved in during the course, probably because the left side of the “field” was the building’s wall. Jasmine wasn’t comfortable being so close to it, and most of the stations located along that area had to be repeated and/or had deductions. What a coincidence! Not! My bad vibes transfered to her. The big surprise? She qualified with 189 points.
Fannie? That little curly haired furball Qd!!!! Not something I was expecting, and she got it by 5 points. Still, what a great achievement! Points were deducted at stations which she has trouble with, so no surprise there. Still, she did enough good moves that she qualified at 175! (Whew!) Her first ever qualifying ribbon in any dog sports!!!
Stations and or situations we should practice more
Jasmine: Heeling (never doing enough of that and this results in lagging on the course), working close to a wall, have her do her sits closer to me, take time to read signs, halt-sit-stand, pivots, and halt-sidestep-halt. Our greatest surprise must have been the halt, 1,2,3 step forwards. She did them well.
Note to self: Limit her trials to two runs.
Fannie: have her do her sits, stands,and downs closer to me, heeling, call front-finish right, her turns, pivots (oh yeah!), and walk arounds.
Here are a few pictures of our day…
Jasmine, not really ready to start her day.
Do we really have to leave this cozy bed?
Jasmine, waiting her turn by playing “turtle” in her crate.
Our kind crate neighbour, Charley!
The most surprising moment of the day, the qualifying ribbons!