Vito's CPE Weekend

While Lance was having a crappy weekend Vito decided to man up and have another great one!

We qualified 3/4 on Friday.  All had little bobbles, but overall fantastic!  His dogwalk was amazing, most aframes fabulous with 1 decent.  Teeter confident with zero sniffing or hesitation before going into his 2o2o.  Our main problem lies with weaving as Vito just isn't collecting very well in a trial environment and ends up entering at the 3rd pole most runs.  This was the cause of our only NQ on Friday as while I tried to restart him he sprinted into the next tunnel.

We did have one major baby dog moment on Friday.  Daddy was bar setting and decided to hop over the little wall to go outside of the ring to film our snooker run.  Apparently Vito saw this and just went nuts.  Lots of reactive barking at the start line and I couldn't calm him.  When I released him we were heading towards that direction and Vito took the obstacles in his path until we got there and continued his barking display with waggy tail once he jumped on the wall.  I got him back right away and started to finish our run when we were whistled off due to a judging miscalculation.  I got to rerun it again and was happy Vito was calm and in control of himself at the start line.  But he still made the happy run to pounce on the wall where Adam was standing again!  I got him back right away and finished our course.  Idiot!

3/4 Q's today but not quite as fabulous as yesterday.  Vito decided to start out the day by happily running to the wall where he found Adam yesterday  but then felt like an idiot when Adam wasn't there and didn't try that again the rest of the day :)  He only got to play with his running contacts once today as the games didn't use them.  And well it wasn't pretty.  Complete flying off the dogwalk!  In his defense I was late with my "left tunnel" cue which really wasn't even needed in the first place and he pretty much leaped as soon as the words were out of my mouth.  But in my defense, come on Vito!  We did layer a jump nicely at the end at least.

Still had issues with entering the 3rd pole in the weaves in standard but were great in snooker.  He also saved my butt in snooker when I forgot the course in the middle of a 3 part #5 combo right after a 2 part #4 combo in the closing.  At the last 2nd I regained a brain, called him and he turned on a dime to fix the course for a perfect 51 point snooker :)

Jumpers was another baby dog run.  He turned as soon I told him "Switch" instead of turning after the jump.  We fixed it, did a few more nice obstacles and then he missed another jump to nibble at his bum.  We finished the 2nd half nicely at least!

Oh, and there was no dogwalk or aframe in fullhouse so Lance got to just have a fun course.   And Vito did get the number of legs he needs to qualify but unfortunately still needs 1 more standard Q to finish up his level 2 title.  We have one more weekend we're entered in before the deadline.

Mango  – ( November 28, 2010 at 6:30 AM )  

I went to an agility trial to watch yesterday. One little beginner dog started off great, but then just went all cracker. She was grinning and spinning and jumping and taking obstacles at random. I was happy to see her handler just laughing and having a good time. That's what it's all about.

Mango Momma

Muttsandaklutz  – ( November 28, 2010 at 10:44 AM )  

Sorry to hear about Lance's contact troubles :-( But wow Vito sure is looking great! Some super nice distance skills there, and his speed has really picked up. Congrats on qualifying and good luck with the last bit needed for finishing up Level 2.

andrea  – ( November 28, 2010 at 11:44 AM )  

Good job despite the sillies :)

They do crack me up :)

Kristine  – ( November 29, 2010 at 11:27 AM )  

Great video! Go Vito! Good luck with finishing his level 2. I'd say you'd have an awesome shot at making it.

Cynthia  – ( November 30, 2010 at 11:51 AM )  

Looks like some nice runs! And wow what a nice building! We are inside horse barns in the winter, or outside in rain storms in the summer. I wish we had something like that.

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