Tonight was just one of those agility practices where my setup and I just didn't gel that well.
- I liked starting with the tire because, previously, Marge's start lines at tires have not been good. Didn't seem to be a problem tonight.
- Came in between the 180 to go out to the red tunnel, and here I encountered some trouble. It seems that I turned my body/shoulders too quickly, before Marge committed to the tunnel, and that led to her veering off to the side in the first take. I added an OUT command (something I almost never use) and that seemed to help.
- Coming into the second, blue tunnel was tricky for Marge. I had to wait back to pull her in to it, but I couldn't wait too far back because the weaves were next. With subsequent repetitions, she started to get it.
- Her weaves were alright tonight.. not as good as I would have liked, not too terrible either. I don't know whether to be worried about it or not, because her weaves are fine at all (albeit usually at reduced speed). Starting to wonder if the spacing is different..
- That front-crossy thing between the weaves and jump seemed better than a back cross, those possibly less efficient.
- She hasn't seen the table in quite some time. The fact that it was a low table did throw her off a bit, but there was NO way I was lugging out the heavy, big one.
- She did nicely down the line from jump to tunnel, and had no problem figuring out that the tire was the next obstacle. The rest is straightforward.
My only hope is that Marge still had fun tonight despite the technical difficulties of setting stuff up; I think she did, for at least a good portion of the time. However, looking back, the biggest problem I have is probably not rewarding her enough (not so much in this sequence, but in others, especially with the weaves) and being a little bit stressed out about getting stuff out, putting it away, leaving on time, doing some productive, etc. Maybe next time we'll take a step back and do a sequence we've already done, or just one big circle, or smaller set ups that are less intense in every sense of the word.