Finally it is dry enough and light enough for long enough to move out on to the grass. I love this time of year, I get so board of working in a 20 x 40 space and the sand has become dry and dusty so it's great to move into a bigger space.
I decided to make the most of the good weather and set up a course with a few of the challenges that were set at the EO try-out's. I ran all of my dog's round it and they did some really good stuff, none of it proved to be a big problem. Next week im going to try and write a blog about each of them, I've had things to work on with all of them so I think this is a good point in the year to record their progress.
Im looking forward to the weekend's training, i'm doing workshops tomorrow and team traininig for 'Diamond' members on Sunday.
I have also decided to run another fun competition on 19th May, Fish4dog's are supplying the prizes for this one :) e-mail me for an entry form.
I went to this show for the EO try-out's with Ty, I'm not completely happy with how I performed in this. On the first day I really struggled to get the courses in my head, normally I walk a course twice and I've got it but on Saturday I just couldn't get them flowing when I practiced them in my head. I didn't think I was nervous but I must have been. Ty did some brilliant stuff though, his contacts were fab and his weaves have never been so good, he got some really hard entries and stayed in when I pulled away. By Sunday I felt much more chilled, had stopped over walking and over thinking everything and just let it happen. I made a stupid mistake on the start of the first sequence, the second was quite easy but had a weave entry that required complete independance which he nailed. We also managed a clear (I think) in the last round with just a blip coming out of the tunnel before the weaves so the time wasn't great. I think I need more experience in this type of competition so I'm thinking of doing the FAB shows to see if I can qualify for the IFCS world championships. All 4 dog's can do the qualifiers so I would get lots of practice.
They were amazing! Holly and Flake in particular were so consistent ( not something I ever thought I would say about Holly). 7 top 3 placing's between them and Flake has qualified for the Pro plan finals. Holly is now Grade 6, I've just done all of her grade changes and it's so strange entering her for crufts qualifiers.
Here are their results.
1st combined 3-5 agility
1st graded 4,5 agility
3rd combined 3-5 agility
2nd graded4,5 jumping
2nd grade 4,5 agility
2nd combined 3-5 agility Pro-plan qualifier
2nd graded4,5 agility
Im not competing next weekend so the dog's will have a quiet week with lots of walks then we'll do a bit of training next week before Vyne :)
I held a fun competition at home today (with allot of help from Irana), the turnout was amazing! by 11am the parking was full and the place was buzzing with people and dog's. 36 dog's ran and they all did at least one brilliant run and allot of the beginners went from a difficult first run to clear rounds and win's by the end. I think it was a massive success and im hoping to plan another one for June.
Yesterday Natasha Wise came to do a training day, she is so positive and energetic, she just tweaked what people were already doing down to the finest detail and left them all feeling very positive. I will definatly be asking her to come again.
Im off to Lincoln next weekend for the European Open try-out's with Ty, the try-out's run alongside Lincoln show so I will be competing Holly, Emmy and Flake as well.
One of my weakest points as a competitor is my 'i'd rather give up than fail mentality' (that's my MY NAME IS CLAIRE AND IM AN ................. MOMENT). I am going to ditch this atitude, Ty is an awsome agility dog, he is very talented and I am going to prove it. If I don't qualify then that's ok, if I allow Ty to look anything less than awsome then that is not ok!
This week has been for chilling out and going for walk's, next week I will train them each a little bit but I like to compete them fresh, I hate feeling like im flogging a dead horse.
I've done quite allot with Cally and Zazu this week, Zazu is learning really quickley. I was thinking that I would do a couple of shows with him at the end of the season but he's almost weaving, his contacts are looking good and he's really confident with his jumping so he may well be competing at Lansdown. Cally has about a 2 minute attention span which make's teaching her quite hard work but it won't get any longer unless I do train her. The maners minder has been brilliant for this, it allow's me to keep changing between toy's and treat's yet keep her working away from me. She is very sweet and love's cuddle's, ill try to get a video of what she's doing this week.
Bellow is a video of Zazu, it was his first time doing the dogwalk at this height, it's still got to go up a bit, I also need to proof it to my movement allot but he's doing it far better than I would expect considering the amount of training I have done on it :)
I think Flakey was the star of this show, closely followed by Ty and Holly was let down by me a bit but she enjoyed it anyway :)
2nd Graded 1 - 4 agility
1st Graded 4 - 7 agility - Making her G5 :)
Clear combined 1 - 7 jumping
1st Combined 4 - 7 jumping - Adams cup qualifier
3rd Graded 4 - 7 agility
3rd Combined 1 - 7 jumping
Holly was E'd in one agility class, I probably could have helped her more but really I just wanted to train her contacts, the other agility course suited her much better but I missed running it because most of my classes were on at the same time! Kath fillmed 3 of my runs which i'll put on here as soon as they are o
Im not competing this weekend, I have Natasha Wise coming on Friday, this is so popular there's not even space for me to train my own dog's!
Saturday is my fun competition, so far there are 30 dog's entered and im expecting more, im getting a little bit worried about parking :/
Im going to give my dog's a quiet week with training and just do lot's of walks then next week I will be preparing Ty for the European open try-outs.
Here's a pick from my walk today, Irana showed me it yesterday, it's much closer to home than my usual :)
First I have to say thankyou to Irana, she was the best cook, coach,camera woman, helper and friend and in return I managed to mess up filming 2 of her runs which I feel really bad about. This was the most successfull weekend I have had yet and im sure her calming influence and organisational skills played a massive part in that so she now has to clear her whole diary and come to all of the shows with me lol She also managed not to slap me when the van ran out of water on the way there and Diesel on the way home............oops
Emmy has a cut on her foot so couldn't come so I only had Ty, Holly and Flake and Irana's 2 dogs, Coco and Tess.
My dog's were amazing and the results they produced speak for themselves
Flake 6th C4,5 jumping
Holly 2nd C4,5 jumping
Ty 2nd C6,7 Olympia Qualifier!!!!!!!!!
Flake 2nd G4 jumping
Holly 8th G5 jumping
Ty 10th G7 jumping
Ty Clear G7 agility
Holly 1st Novice Olympia Qualifier!!!!!
So both Ty and Holly have qualified for the Olympia semi's at thier first atempt.
Flake was also growing in confidence and speed and did some really lovely work.
Here's a couple of pic's and a video of most of my run's.
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