We are in the midst of the 3 day trial in STL this weekend. And if you can't guess by the post title it's not going that great. Both dogs have developed some aversion to contact equipment apparently.
Lyric has become increasingly concerned about teeters the last few trials and this weekend won't do the teeter at all (well, she gets on but only takes a couple steps and jumps off) and subsequently is afraid that the other contacts are also teeters and is getting refusals at those before going up. Her jumpers runs have been fair-missed a weave pole yesterday and today must have gone around a jump. I didn't know it until I picked up my scribe sheet though so at least it was a "mental" Q. Sure thought it was a clean run!
Legend performed her random refusal of the a-frame yesterday and threw in a teeter refusal as well. She refused the teeter again today but did the a-frame fine?? What drives me so insane is that the always does everything the second time. Why can't she just do it the first time? And why, after 4 years of trialing does she do it at all? And, no she's not injured in any way that I can tell. Just crazy. So my plan is to keep working hard on contacts with them at home and also to take them to some other places to work contacts. We had such a good first 6 months of the year and now she's doing weird stuff and running a little slower-it's always something with dogs huh? She has gotten 2 jumpers Q's though. Maybe tomorrow is our QQ day.
Stormy is getting lots of lookers but no takers yet. She's being very well behaved though-I'm so proud of her.
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