Monday, November 24, 2014

What's so scary...?

I read a Facebook post this morning that was essentially about wanting to see more technical handling on North American agility courses. I read all of the comments, and the field is pretty divided. The comments got a little side tracked, and it ended up about whether or not people had the time, money and resources to actually train more technical handling. Pretty much – if I don’t have (blank) then I cannot be successful on technical agility courses.

That got me thinking – and I think that is a lot of crock. Why? Because if you have the (blank) to teach your dog how to front side of a jump, then you have the (blank) to teach him the backside.

What I think it really comes down to is two things…

1)      People are scared of what they don’t know. Techincal handling looks challenging, so it is scary. But why is it scary…?
2)      I think techincal handling is scary because people have failed to have their dogs master obstacles.

Why would anyone want to even attempt more scary techinical hadling if they have to worry about weave entries, contact performances, teeter flyoffs, or keeping bars up?

Techincal handling isn’t scary – in itself. But, when a handler has obstacle performance to worry about why on earth would they want to compound themselves with the training of more techincal handling. We can only manage so many scary things on our plates at one time. I completely understand wanting just to get around a course without any missed contacts, and nailing a weave entry. That in itself is enough of a challenge for most.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dogz Trial

Evening trial tonight at Dogz. They have found an indoor facility for winter training, fun matches and trials. Very exciting!

The turf is heavy sand, and while it is deep (it is all new foundation so there is some settling that needs to happen) the traction was good.

Two Jumpers runs for Travis – which we spectacular. He was fast and we finally seem to have come to an agreement on turning tight. A little more effort on my part, but it is the least I can do for the old man. He placed second in both events…after Indie of course. :)

Indie had four runs – two Standard, and then two Jumpers. My brain doesn’t flip switches fast, so during our first Standard run I let some contact criteria go. Bad Chantelle. Before our next run I flipped that switch and walked it as a training run. We had to do the dog walk 3 times before he reached criteria, a luckily that transitioned to the a-frame immediately. The teeter took two reps before he stuck it. He tried hard, and he was thoughtful about it all – which of course made me happy.

Indie’s Jumpers runs were stellar. He had only one bobble on a threadle to a curved tunnel but we recovered without an off course – really it should have been a front cross, not a threadle.

He ended the night with a Regular Best Run on both Jumpers! We beat the border collies!!
I have no videos and no pictures…lost my phone.