The boys and I went to a UKI Agility trial this Saturday. The courses were not as tight as I was expecting and actually had a NADACy feel to them, even the advanced levels on Saturday.
Vito was in 3 runs: gamblers, agility, and steeple chase.
Pros: I think we're getting a good warm up routine down. A mixture of butt rubbs, then tugging, followed by the food flick game. I guess we won't be able to do the food flicks at outdoor/dirt trials, but it's doing a really nice job of keeping him focused yet also some intensity. Even when our first two runs were delayed once we had already entered the ring, Vito did a nice job of staying focused on me and keeping excited. Zero looking at the judge or ring crew. Running contacts were all in and we didn't have any issues on course. Since steeplechase was basically one big speed circle he was a very happy boy! Of course that is the one run where the record button wasn't actually pushed on the video camera. We qualified in 2 out of the 3 runs and in agility he just knocked the first bar.
Cons: While Vito seemed pretty confident this trial we still have a ways to go in running. And although he handled the delays in our runs pretty well I know it sucked some zap out of him.
Lance was only entered in gamblers and the 2nd round of agility. In gamblers he was a bit fiesty, totally sailing over the yellow on the dogwalk and then popping out of his weaves. During agility I did a more active job of trying to manage his contacts and I think he got a toenail in on the aframe and dogwalk. I have no idea what to do with the corgi's contacts still! At least he always has a blast. Lance qualified in both runs.