Today Jack, Aiden and I were at the Teamwork Agility Club of Central MA agility trial in Westborough.
Aiden’s first class of the day was Excellent Standard Agility. He had a refusal on the second jump and therefore did not qualify. Overall he had a very good run. If you watch the video the judge puts her hands up at the A-Frame and then again at the tunnel. There was no fault and when the run was finished the judge went right to the score table and corrected her mistake. Knowing from the second jump that Aiden had not qualified I used the rest of the course for training. I am very pleased with the attention he is giving me and his ability to work away from me.
Aiden’s second class of the day was Masters FAST. He had a good run and got a very difficult bonus. The bonus consisted of three jumps in a serpentine pattern where I had to send Aiden to the first jump, then direct him to the back of the second jump so he took it coming towards me, and then send him away from me to the third jump of the bonus….all this without stepping over a line that was minimum of 15 feet from the jumps. He qualified with 1st place for his 2nd leg. He was the only dog in his height division to qualify.
At 7:30pm (4 hours after our Masters FAST run) we finally ran in Open Jumpers with Weaves. Aiden had a good run but….knocked one bar down! We have been tld by other people who watch Aiden run that when he is taking a jump before tunnel he seems to lower his body in anticipation of the tunnel. We think that he may have done the same thing today and knocked the bar before the weave poles becasue he was collecting himself to prepare to weave. The “Little Divil” thinks to much! Again an Open JWW leg continues to elude us!
Congrats on your new leg! Wow, 7:30 at night-we would be in our jammies by then. What method did you use to teach the weaves? His technique is super. Is he a 26″ dog? I have always had trouble getting Ziva away from me both in agility and lure coursing. How was the footing? Those look like the mats they have at a facility here and they are kind of slippery. As always Aiden is happy, happy. Love to watch him work.
We are normally in our pj’s by then too!!
I started Aiden doing the 2×2 weave pole method.
Aiden jumps 24 inches. The 24 Inch class is for dogs over 22 inches at the withers. Dogs may be entered in the 26 inch class at their owner’s discretion.
The floor is a heavy rubber matting I think. The dogs do not seem to have any issues with it.
His Masters Fast run was excellent!
Always a pleasure to watch.