The weekend before last I went to my first FAB show, this is a serious of non KC show's run by Dawn weaver. It was a nice small show but not the kind of thing I really enjoy. Ty and Flake won a class each and Holly did some good stuff. I also ran Zazu not for competition and he was fab.
I was looking forward to Lansdown and get back to a big competitive show. I didn't really have any goals for this show but I absolutely loved running my dog's, I just wanted to work on basic skills for Flake and Holly like contacts and weaves and build their confidence a bit. With Ty it would have been nice to have get some more Crufts points but it wasn't a priority.
The thing I was most looking forward to was running Zazu, I expected nothing from him, I just wanted him to have fun and if he could get his criteria on his contacts I would be happy. His first run was in G3 jumping, it was a lovely flowing course which was perfect for such a young dog, he was clear up until the weaves so I was very happy. I then did his G3 agility, I decided to miss out the weaves as he's not confident on them, he did everything I asked and in my mind had a clear round. His agility on Sunday was a G3-5 Olympia Qualifier and again he was clear all of the way round to the weaves but I don't care, I absolutely loved running him, he looked so happy and tried really hard for me.
Ty didn't run very well this weekend, I've booked him in to Smart clinic to be checked because he has been coming out of his weaves and knocking the odd pole. I want to be certain that he is ok physically before I try to sort the problems out with training.
Emmy did a lovely jumping round on Sat and came 7th. I'm not getting on very well with her contact training though and I'm feeling a bit demoralised about it. I did a bit of trick training with her on Saturday night mainly so I could reward her for using her back feet. She was good while I was asking her to do things she knew but as soon as I started asking for more she just started barking at me rather than trying to figure out what I wanted. I think I need to work through this before I go back to contacts, she has obviously got confused and resorted to barking at me rather than figuring it out (which can only be my fault). I hope that by getting her confident that she can figure it out again I might be able to sort her contacts out eventually.
I'm looking forward to Tuffley this weekend, hopefully Ty will be back on form and I get to run Zazu again :)
Zazu Novice Olympia
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