Naughty Pants

For once that title belongs to Mr. Corgi.  We have a serious problem with our contacts.  Had a trial today and Lance was first entered in Jackpot so while fooling around gathering points I did the Aframe twice.  Both times he gave me the finger with his 4 on the floor criteria.  Taking several strides after he hits ground so that he is more like 5ft from the aframe.  On the 2nd one I used my stern Mommy voice to remind him to "floor" which caused him to creep down, then launch off it, take several steps and then stand for a second before lying down.  His contacts have been getting worse and worse each trial but none as bad as today.

His next run was standard and I decided that if he blew me off again I would remove him from the course.  Well we didn't get very far as the aframe was the 3rd obstacle.  I have no idea what to do about it.  I don't think pulling a dog off course is very effective for the majority of dogs out there.  But Lance doesn't have this problem in class and it doesn't seem to be a stress issue as Lance looked extremely happy with himself each time he launched and ran forward; just not happy with me still standing slow and waiting for him to down.  I know it's not a physical problem as he sees a chiropractor on a regular basis now, just had his first massage 1 week ago and was given such a great evaluation that she doesn't want to seem him again!

I'm sorry Mommy!
Right now I am thinking I am going to stick to NADAC trials where I can re put him back on the contact if he blows it and maybe enter our first ASCA trial where I can do the same thing.  If he is successful I think I will happily run off course and give him a jackpot.  Tomorrow Lance is only entered in Fullhouse so since I can make up my own course I am thinking about plotting an easy course that ends with the aframe.  If he doesn't do it I'll send him back over, if he does I will quickly exit and party with him.

Amy / Layla the Malamute  – ( November 27, 2010 at 9:28 AM )  

Ugh! Sorry I don't have any advice. I think that taking him off the course would be a good option, as would be doing NADAC. Good luck with FullHouse tomorrow, maybe he'll have gotten it all out of his system.

Kristine  – ( November 27, 2010 at 4:14 PM )  

You have such different courses in your associations than we do here in Nova Scotia. It's interesting. I'm sorry your first day didn't go as well as planned and I hope today was a lot less stressful. Good luck with all your future plans!

Laura, Lance, and Vito  – ( November 27, 2010 at 7:15 PM )  

Kristine- I only compete in 2 venues: the "just for fun" venue and the "just RUN" venue with fast flowly courses. Both are frowned upon by serious competitors :P But yes the typical north american course is pretty different from the rest of the world.

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