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October 8th, 2017 by Lynda

Aiden – Day 2 at Agility Trial

Today was day 2 of the Western Massachusetts Shetland Sheepdog Agility Trial. Unfortunately for EVERYBODY the day started with rain.

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Aiden’s first class of the day was Time to Beat Preferred . He misjudged the entry to the weave poles after a jump. In T2B are not able to knock any bars down or go off course to qualify, but refusals and missed entries to the poles are okay as long as you complete the obstacle. When I called Aiden back to restart the poles he unfortunately took an off course jump which disqualified him. Other than that it was a good run.

Aiden next class was Masters Jumpers with Weaves Preferred. It was pouring. Aiden tried hard but ended up knocking three bars.

Trying our best to stay out of the rain

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One thing about outdoor trials you are always at the mercy of Mother Nature.

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The judge wheeling the course in the rain!

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It started to clear up a little by the afternoon and Aiden’s next class was Masters Standard Preferred. He had a really good run…..but nearly went off course. I screamed his name and called him off the wrong jump.  As he came back to me you can hear the reaction from the crowd. The rest of the run went smoothly and Aiden qualified with 1st place and earned 29 PACH points.

The last class of the day was Premier Jumpers with Weaves Preferred. It was a difficult course with backside jumps, wraps and 270 degree turns. Aiden knocked the first jump but otherwise had a good run.

We don’t often trial in the western part of the state. All weekend long people that we don’t know came up to us to compliment Aiden. They all commented on his looks, drive, temperament and said he is what all German Shepherds should be like and asked where he came from. There was a UKC conformation trial at the same site. Several of the conformation competitors came over to watch the agility. A few stopped by and commented on what a great dog Aiden is. Of course we feel that way but it is nice when other people say it. We all know A-T GSDs are the best.

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October 7th, 2017 by Lynda

Aiden at another agility trial

This weekend Aiden is entered in the Western Massachusetts Shetland Sheepdog Agility Trial at the Fairgrounds in Westfield, MA. We brought Dylan along with us again.

We drove out on Friday and stopped for a quick “pit stop” on the Massachusetts Turnpike and shared a slice of pizza with the boys.

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Then we went to the Robinson State Park in Feeding Hills, MA. We walked along the Westfield River and Dylan and Aiden went swimming. Then the dogs played in a big field while they dried off. We had a great time.

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This morning unfortunately Aiden’s first class of the day was Masters Standard Preferred. I much prefer when there is a class like FAST or Time to Beat first as Aiden is always so excited in his first run of the day that he needs a class to burn off some of his energy. Because of his over enthusiasm he did not wait at the bottom for the dog walk and took the panel jump at a bad angle knocking it down.

His next class was Masters Jumpers with Weaves Preferred. He had a great run and qualified in 1st place. He earned 22 PACH points.

Dylan and Aiden hanging out between Aiden’s classes.

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The last class of the day was Masters FAST Preferred. Aiden got the Send Bonus (jump, A-Frame and tunnel with me at a distance of 15′ away) and racked up all the points EXCEPT that he knocked that same darn panel jump which was worth 7 points. Therefore he qualified with a score of 73 out of a possible 80 and placed 1st.

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October 2nd, 2017 by Lynda

Something new for me and Aiden

Sunday October 1st was the very first AKC Scent Work Trial in New England held at the Community Center in Meredith, NH. There were actually two trials in one day. One sponsored by the German Shepherd Dog Club of Southern New Hampshire and one by the Lakes Region Kennel Club.

On Saturday Jack, Aiden and I drove up to NH. It was a grey day but we stopped at Lake Winnipesaukee for a short walk.

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When we woke up on Sunday morning it was 39 degrees and foggy. On our way to the trial we stopped at a covered bridge on Squam River.

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As Aiden and I have never competed in Scent Work/Nosework in any venue he was entered in Novice A in all his classes, Containers, Interior and Exterior. In AKC Novice the dogs are searching for the scent birch.

Aiden’s first test was Novice A Containers. The ten boxes were in a very confining space. Aiden found the box and qualified with 3rd place.

His next test was Novice A Interior. Aiden was a bit uncomfortable with the floor in the hallway area. He took a while but indicated a find and I called alert. The judge said “I’m sorry no”. I pointed to a Nosework tin that Aiden had hit on. Turns out that at some time in the past it had been left behind during training and since Aiden found it he qualified.

The next test was Novice A Exterior. This did not go so well. It was held in a gravel area with dried grass and dead plants. Aiden searched along the wall and did stop at an area. I didn’t read him correctly and thought I would have him search the area and come back along the wall. However he lifted his leg on a bush and he was excused.

Later in the day Aiden started with the Novice A Exterior test. This time he stopped at the scent, but again I was not sure as he did not indicate the way he normally does. He searched a little longer and came back to the same place. I called Alert and Aiden was correct. He qualified with 4th place.

Then it was Novice A Interior again. After making sure Aiden was indicating the scent I called Alert and Aiden was right. He qualified with 4th place.

The last class was Novice A Containers. This time it was in a large part of the gymnasium which we both liked better. Aiden did a super job and qualified with 3rd place.

Aiden with his ribbons. (He actually had two 3rd places and two 4th places but the GSDCSNH did not get their Novice A ribbons delivered in time for the trial!)

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September 18th, 2017 by Lynda

Aiden at the PVKC Agility Trial – Day 2

Yesterday was day two of the Pioneer Valley Kennel Club Agility Trial and it was not a good day for Aiden.

It was a very foggy morning during the walk thru for Premier Standard.

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Aiden’s first class was Premier Standard. He got off to a good start but missed the correct entry to the weave poles. Then he had a slight hesitation at a jump and the judge called a refusal. Overall it was not a bad run.

Next was Masters Standard Preferred. Aiden was wound! He did the first three obstacles and then kept going straight when he should have turned to a jump. I got him back on course but then he knocked a jump on a turn. As Aiden was on the table Jack went to zoom in with the video but hit the wrong button and the video stopped.

The sun came out and it started to get hot. Aiden and Dylan relaxing in the tent.

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…and waiting for a treat

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Aiden’s next class was Masters Jumpers with Weaves Preferred. This did not go well either. Aiden knocked a jump, went in the wrong side of a tunnel and got a refusal for spinning at a jump!

It is a 3 hour trip home so we decided to start taking the tent down and packing up the car. By the time we had everything ready to go it was just about time for the Time to Beat class to start. As Aiden was entered in it we decided to stay. Aiden had a great run and set the Time to Beat. He won the class and earned 10 points.

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September 16th, 2017 by Lynda

Aiden at the PVKC Agility Trial

This weekend Aiden is entered in the Pioneer Valley Kennel Club Agility Trial in Westfield, MA. As this is an outdoor trial at a fairgrounds we decided to bring Dylan along with us.

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Aiden’s first class this morning was Masters FAST Preferred. Aiden got the tough bonus, which involved taking the tunnel entrances furthest from the handler with a jump in-between. He knocked one jump as I was being greedy and trying to get an extra 3 points but the angle to the jump was not good and the bar came down! (In FAST you can knock jumps without being disqualified but you do not get the points for the jump). Aiden scored 74 points for 1st place.

Aiden’s second class of the day was Masters Jumpers with Weaves Preferred. This was a difficult course with a very tricky tunnel entrance. Aiden had a clean run and placed 1st. He earned 21 PACH points.

It had been fairly warm but overcast earlier in the day but then the sun came out and it got hot. We took the boys to cool their feet in the very small pool!

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Then Dylan and Aiden rested in the tent.IMG_0886

Our friend Jamie came by to visit with Caper. Dylan and Caper are ab0ut the same age (12+ years old) and did agility back in the day!IMG_1579

By the time it was Aiden’s turn to run in Masters Standard Preferred it was 87 degrees. It did not slow Aiden down in any way! Aiden got through the difficult beginning of the course but took an off-course jump near the end. It was a great run.

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