We had a NICE little agility class last night. Marge was on fire!
We ran two courses - in the first, our biggest problem was a threadle. Otherwise, the courses were pretty straightforward.
Here's the second. I ran the closing three different ways, hence the three different runs shown. Thanks, Louie, for recording :)
(sort of ironic that I'd use a song entitled "Firework" for a video of my sound-sensitive dog... but there you go.)
I'm doing a lot more jackpotting after runs, while trying to not keep the treats in my hand as much (I'm probably about 50:50 now with that).
I'm already thinking ahead to our trials. I looked back at videos from all of our runs this Fall, and I'm really hoping that our connectedness at class is going to keep up and carry into the trial season.
Classes with my normal instructor just ended last night until January, when we move indoors, but I really don't want to wait until then to take classes. There are still supposed to be outdoor classes at the field on Monday nights because that class isn't finished yet due to rainouts, so I'm hoping to drop in there next week. I think that having Marge work among different people in a familiar environment would be a good thing.
I also found out about other outdoor classes in my area. They're totally unadvertised and semi-private, but drop-ins are allowed for certain people. When speaking with the instructor about it, I initially had the impression that I shouldn't know about it, but she seemed receptive enough and talked to me more about the format, price, etc. I'm still thinking about that one.
In terms of the Dream Park trialing discussion, I'm thinking of doing two Saturdays in February. The first time, I will enter Jumpers only, to avoid the table, teeter, and exciting contact equipment. The second time, I'll enter both classes, but will scratch from Standard if I'm not confident about it.
After that, we'll be just about ready for the outdoor season. In terms of that, I'd really like to do some Friday/Sunday weekends (skipping Saturday gives us enough time so that neither of us gets burnt out, physically or mentally, yet allows us to get more days of trialing in). I'm keeping my goals low for now - most of all, I really want connected, nice runs. I know that once we achieve that, the Q's will come.