Legend did pretty well at the last obedience trial. We still have a lot of work to do but I thought we were definitely making progress. I was actually kind of hopeful she might Q this weekend.
Well, not so much. It was awful. I think we only passed three exercises and one was the down stay. And the heeling was passable but not in the way I would have liked. Generally she acted like I regularly beat her and even reverted back to the walking on the broad jump behavior.
I realize a large part of this is my fault. I have not committed to obedience the way I have agility. I don't know what started the stress in the first place (story of everyone's life right?) but now I really need to decide what to do. I either need to commit to retraining and "fix" some stuff and actually do a lot of proofing or just move on and focus on agility. Problem is, there are lots of things I like about obedience. I just don't like them as much as agility. It's times like this I kind of wish I only had one dog. Then I could spend all my time and money working that dog in all sports. But I have three dogs, two still working. I was actually contemplating working on a CD with Lyric-she could use some improved obedience skills. But then that's two dogs working in two sports. Lots of time involved in that. But maybe over the winter we will work on some indoor stuff on the days we can't do agility. Then we can see where we are later in the year. I definitely won't be entering any obedience trials for awhile. Actually we are not even going back tomorrow. I don't want to wait until 3PM to show, have a miserable time and then get home late. With any luck I can get home in time to take Holli out for a herding instinct test. Sounds more fun.
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