We started off our day on Saturday with a nice, familiar, on-leash Level 1 run. I haven't uploaded the video, but our score was a 209. We lost one point, probably for a tight leash. It earned us a 4th place in the competitive Level 1B class and 19 Championship Points (out of 100 necessary for the ARCH title).
Then came our debut in Level 2, which is off leash. Marge did very well on this run, too. We scored a 208 - we lost one point for me being too close to the jump, and another point for the sloppy left turn towards the end of the course.
There were two trials offered that day, but I had originally only entered the first one. When I found out there were still a few runs available, I put in for one more Level 2 run.
It didn't turn out to be such a great run. Marge was very distracted by the bustle on the sidelines, but didn't seem scared - just uninterested in working. Couple this with the very exciting jump that was very early in the course, she got really excited and things got sloppy. That's my take on it, anyway.
What does it look like to you? Simply goofing off, not wanting to do anymore, stressing out, or too excited after that darn jump?
In retrospect, it might have been worth my while to NQ us and have a "cookie run" instead (which is what I had to do tonight at Rally class), where I feed Marge at every station. At least, though, she came back to me EVERY single time I called her. It still earned us a 1st place in the 2A class with a score of 198, our second RL2 leg!
The judge absolutely adored her. She said "I'd love to take this home", called Marge a "really nice dog," and offered Marge some cookies while the courses were being changed. We spoke a little bit and she agreed with me that Marge's silliness during the second Level 2 run might have been her way of saying she had had enough for the day! What a nice woman, and I really love how laid-back and friendly the APDT Rally atmosphere is.
And Marge was SUCH an attention hog, too - by the time the trial was over, I think every one knew her name. No one was a stranger to her! Between that, the ribbons, and just plain having fun in the ring, it was a very enjoyable day.
Now, we switch our focus back to agility (if the weather cooperates) - unbelievably, September is around the corner, and we have a trial just a few weeks away!