The first day was terrible! The three big mistakes...
1) He was sent for glove number two, but didn't turn with me all the way and took glove number one instead. Luck was on our side however since the judge said the gloves were put out too close and let us do them over again. The second time he got the right glove.
2) On the moving stand, he stood on the Judges command. I think I played if off pretty good and the judge scored us as if we did the exercise correctly.
3) On the directed jumping, he gave me SUPER go-outs, and the first jump he did perfectly over the bar. Then again... another great go-out and another perfect bar jump. :-p Who needs the high jump anyways, right?!
Saturday's Utility score breakdown :
Directed Retrieve: 1/2
Moving Stand: 1/2
Directed Jumping: NQ
What a BUMMER! At least we still had Open, to redeem ourselves. He got a 196.5 in Open, and was High In Trial!!!
Saturday's Open score breakdown -
Heel Free and Figure 8: 1
Broad Jump: 1
After the show, we set our jumps out behind the hotel in the mud and sopping wet grass and practiced directed jumping. We got some advice to slow down our signals so we changed that during the practice.
Rugby was exhausted after the show and slept straight through till 7 pm, when he decided it was time for me to feed him.
TODAY was much better. The only big mistake in Utility was my stumbling on the moving stand exercise. I forgot for a second what I was doing and almost did a stand like in the signal exercise (where you stand beside them before leaving). Other than my mistake, it was great!
Sunday's Utility score breakdown:
Moving Stand: 1
Sunday's Open score breakdown:
Broad Jump: 1/2
Heel Free & Figure 8: 1/2
I am so proud of my little dog! Rugby got a 198.5 in Utility and a 199 in Open. He was both High in Trial and High Combined!!! This is the Utility Run from this morning, Rugby's FIRST Utility leg!
I will take pictures of Rugby with his ribbons and trophies sometime this week. On to the next show!!