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Long-Dangerous Tails

German Shepherd Dogs and their people.
October 3rd, 2018 by Lynda

Aiden at a new agility venue

This past weekend Aiden was entered in the Talcott Mountain Agility Club Agility Trial in Tolland, CT. The event was held at the Star Hill Family Athletic Center, a large indoor sports complex inside a pressurized dome. The dome must be entered either through revolving doors or through a pressure lock.

This is the first time we have been to this facility. Aiden was not comfortable with the revolving doors but trusted Jack and followed him in. O’Connor did not react at all and just went confidently in!

On Saturday the dome was full of activity. There were two rings of agility and several basketball games all going on at the same time. Between the bouncing balls, all the whistles and kids shouting, plus the barking dogs, it was a very chaotic place! The noise did not faze Aiden in the least.

Aiden’s first class of the day was Masters FAST Preferred. He racked up all but 2 points and got the Send Bonus in 27.44 seconds! The course time is 35 seconds. He qualified with a 78 out of 80 and 1st place.

Next up was Masters Standard Preferred. Aiden had a clean run and qualified with 1st place and earned 22 PACH points.

O’Connor watching the agility!

Unfortunately on the Masters JWW Preferred course, as I made a “rear cross”, Aiden knocked a bar . No double Q!

The last class of the day was Premier Standard Preferred. Aiden took an off-course jump at the beginning of the course but ran clean the rest of the way.

On Sunday the first class of the day was Time to Beat Preferred. Aiden set the “Time to Beat” with a clean round in 29.97 seconds. No one beat his time and he won the class.

Next up was Masters Standard Preferred. Aiden had a clean run and qualified with 1st place and earned 27 PACH points.

Aiden’s last class of the day was Masters JWW Preferred. I walked the course beforehand and planned my strategy. As I was running the course I put a “front cross” in which I had not planned and, despite my yelling, Aiden went to an off course jump! Again, so close, but so far away. No double Q !

 

 

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