Sunday, June 30, 2013


So I'm finally getting around to posting about last weekend's trial.  As you might imagine since it took me a week to write this, I'm not that excited about it.  It wasn't terrible by any means, but no real breakthroughs.  Legend ran pretty well-she picked up two open jumpers legs to finish her OJP and just missed the weave entry on sunday.  Two of the three days she refused the a-frame and one day the teeter.  The day she did all the contacts she took two wrong courses.  But she did manage to pick up a standard Q the day she only had one refusal.

Lyric refused the teeter all three days.  And the table two.  But she ran fast and weaved like a champ.  So frustrating.  Which brings us to the title of this post.  Given that we are not really getting anywhere in agility (well AKC anyway) I think once Legend finishes her NATCH we will reconsider our choice of dog sports to pursue more seriously and redefine some goals.

We like agility and will continue to do some training and trialing as it is convenient.  But, Lyric will not run AKC standard for a year.  This gives us lots of time to work teeter and go to other places with teeters and not feel rushed to get ready for the "next" trial.  Then if after a year she continues to be afraid I think that will conclude our attempts at AKC standand runs.  At that point she will be 7.5 and we will have been dealing with this teeter thing for over 2 years.  I think that's fair enough.  In the meantime we will continue to work on some NADAC skills and maybe some obedience.  I'd like to get her ready for the pet therapy test at the very least so why not try for a CD as well?

Once Legend finishes her NATCH we will continue to trial when we feel like it but given her chronic a-frame issues I think we will try and put more energy into getting a tracking title.  I've always wanted to do this but have always had too many dogs in too many sports so maybe now is the time.  Maybe we'll even work some obedience stuff again.  I'm excited about working on some new things with the girls but still plan on having some agility fun.


Diana said...

I know how you feel. Very frustrating to work so hard but keep getting the same results. USDAA has a new rule in starters where you get three attempt on contacts. So if your dog gets on the teeter but jumps off before it tips you get to try again. Same thing with DW and aframe. If they jump off on the up ramp, you can put them back on.

Nicki said...

That's good to know-I may end up trying USDAAA after all.