Vito has his CDX-C! But most importantly he was HAPPY! Vito was entered in 2 runs at the CDSP trial today.
Open Run #1:
I am so proud of him! He showed some stress as we walked into the ring and tried to get him set up, but as soon as I stepped off he forged!!! We've been working hard on setting up and charging off so I'm very excited about his response. I know I'll have to fix the charge later but that should be a much easier issue with him. The rest of the set ups I had no problem with and he was an eager partner. I loved that he had enthusiasm when he saw the judge had his dumbbell and had good speed on the retrieves. The go out was ridiculous but cute :) He was just certain that something was out there for him to retrieve! I was shocked when we got called back in the ring as a qualifier, something about doing the principle part of the exercise...!
Open Run #2:
I still had some difficult getting Vito set up at the start, and this time he heeled with me instead of charging off. Right at the halt he looked away (at the judge?) and then missed me stopping. I gave him a cue to heel but he just stared at me. In hind sight I should have given my left finish hand signal. The heeling was nice but I felt like I was in the verge of him wanting to lag. After the broad jump he didn't want to jump up on me like I asked, but did when I repeated the cue. The rest of the exercises he performed nicely but without the attitude he seemed to have in the first run. But the go out was much better :)
Today really gave me hope for future trialing. I think that we will limit ourselves to only 1 run a day though, just to keep his enthusiasm as high as possible.