Charlene has brought Bailey back so she can concentrate on the buns baking in her oven. She is pregnant with more Gavin babies and they are due early December. While with Charlene, Bailey went from not knowing any agility to earning four agility titles. Her is Charlene’s email:
Bailey has four NADAC agility titles:
- NAC (Novice Agility Certificate)
- O-NAC (Outstanding Novice Agility Certificate). This one trumps the NAC
- WV-N (Novice Weavers)
- TN-N (Novice Tunnelers)
So it reads V Alta-Tollhaus SchH1, KKL1a, O-NAC, WV-N, TN-N
I opted to move her up to open regular for last weekend since she was weaving well and can handle the course challenges. I did not give thought to how challenging the environment might be to a green dog though- it was a horse barn with birds swooping down- a bit too distracting for her, especially with hormones rushing through her system. Her first run was open regular and it was pitiful, but in retrospect I thought perhaps it was mostly my own fault. I vowed to handle better in the second run, and indeed she did do better and qualified. I wasn’t liking her jumping form though and didn’t want to push her confidence too much, so withdrew from jumpers. She still ran in touch N go (contacts, tunnels and hoops) and she qualified in both rounds of that, although the first one was odd, as she was ducking the hoops. We also did novice weavers and she did a fine job in that (deciding that the hoops were not so awful afterall. Weavers is three sets of weaves with tunnels and hoops separating them; it is a short course, but it is a lot of weaving in a very short period of time; I’m thrilled with her weave work! There was one round of tunnelers (that’s it- just tunnels and you have to be quick) and she had some focus issues but was able to check back in with me quick enough to make time, but it was not a pretty run. We did do both rounds of open regular on Sunday too- the first was very poor due to lack of focus, but she finished well; I ran the second run with no intention of doing the whole course, and we had a super focused and fast half course and left to celebrate.
Hopefully next year we can pick this back up and maybe get some AKC titles to add to her name. She can do all the obstacles and just needs to work on the jump height.
Thanks for letting me borrow her. She’s a cool dog.
No video from the NADAC trial but here is an I-phone video I took a month or so ago of Charlene and Bailey at agility training class: