Vito's 2nd Obedience Trial!

Today Vito has his 2nd attempt at Novice B!

 Heel on leash/figure 8- 1pt off
What a great dog!  Very attentive and really working hard on heel position.  A little bit of a lag, and a peek at the judge, after the first about turn but catches up quickly.

I remembered to go the left on the figure 8, unlike with Lance, and I think this helped.  He still lagged a tiny bit on the outside turn but I tried to remember to drive though it and Vito started to pick up the pace

Stand for Exam- 0pts off
Big head turn towards the judge but no feet moved!

Heel Free- 4.5pts lost
Some lagging at the first left turn, and another look at the judge.  Much tighter about turn but I felt some nuzzling on my hand as Vito checked to see if I was holding any treats :)  The last about turn Vito got distracted by a wall and went off to sniff but quickly caught himself before I had to say anything.  Actually quite a few dogs got lost in that corner today.  And I cost us 3pts during this as I forgot to let my left hand swing enough.  When I get nervous I tend to stiffen up and heel with a straight left hand.  I think it also makes me feel safer about my dog's heel position, as sort of a target.  The judge rightfully hit us for it and it's a good reminder for me to pay more attention.

Recall- .5pts off
Less bouncy this time :)  He still steps up my foot but I dont think the judge caught it.  She did get the crooked front though.

I am so excited by his performance!  Vito scored a 197, but I got that knocked to a 194.  Everything from his debut last month was much better.  Vito didn't get ahead of me on the fast time and had tighter turns.  He did steal a few glances at the judge so I think I need to practice with a "judge" following us.  Tomorrow I will try to relax and move my arms and hopefully get our 3rd leg!

Crystal  – ( October 23, 2010 at 7:45 PM )  

Congratulations! Sounds like Vito did a great job. I didn't know that your arm needs to swing- then again, I've never read the AKC regs.

andrea  – ( October 23, 2010 at 9:39 PM )  

Nice work :)
(I have a terrible time leaving comments here sometimes - I often post them but they don't come through - I'm thinking good thoughts for Luke kitty too!!)

Laura, Lance, and Vito  – ( October 23, 2010 at 10:01 PM )  

Thanks for continuing to try Andrea! No comments are showing up in the spam filter blogger has so I don't know where they would disappear to.

Luke seems to be doing fine now. Very happy about the wet food and being extra annoying to the dogs :)

Pepper  – ( October 23, 2010 at 10:22 PM )  

He looks really great, he's got such a great attitude. Good luck for tomorow.

Amy / Layla the Malamute  – ( October 24, 2010 at 12:28 AM )  

Congratulations!! I'm so impatient to start trialing in obedience - to feel like I'm getting somewhere - but I don't just want to qualify; I want to get good scores, so I'm waiting.

I love how you played with him / praised him in between exercises. I know you're allowed to, but it seems like people either forget or just don't do it.

And, as usual, I love your song choice! Whenever I see you've uploaded a new video, I get almost as excited to hear the song as I am to see the dogs.

Muttsandaklutz  – ( October 24, 2010 at 5:41 PM )  

Brilliant! His focus is sooooo impressive. Great work.

Laura, Lance, and Vito  – ( October 24, 2010 at 7:15 PM )  

Amy- It's hard to wait to start trialing. A lot of people I train with wait until they know they can go straight to utility, getting awesome scores along the way.

I was never that hardcore but I had a list of criteria that I even blogged about earlier this year, but ultimately I threw it out the window and just decided to go and have fun.

Catalina  – ( October 26, 2010 at 5:08 PM )  

WOW! That is amazing! I would love for my puppy to do that well someday. Great work!

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