Today was the first time Lance and I went for that special double Q. It was also his first time in the open ring since getting his CDX in May 2010. My main goal for today was for Lance to hold both the sit AND down since it was such a struggle when going for that CDX.
The short post is that we qualified in both runs to get leg #1!!! And we lost 30 points on fly by finishes...
Lance did pretty good. He was a tiny bit more distracted than usual, looking at the crowd several times in between exercises and when left on each stand. But he worked well and was excited to be there. Biggest problem was the sudden lack of fronts on the signal exercise and both directed jumping. We lost 15pts in those fly bys alone!!! Other issues was a no sit on heeling, a dropped dumbbell on the first article as he came back to me (but picked it up to present it at least!) and a sudden sprint off to a spot of light on the 2nd article when he suddenly thought he found what might be it.
This was our first time starting with something other than heeling! I was actually worried since Lance tends to get forgier and forgier the longer he is in the ring, but not today! I think this was the best heeling pattern and figure 8 he has EVER done! But then we also had 3 fly bys and lost another 15 points. Sigh. The only time he didn't skip the front was on the retrieve over the high. My first throw was too long and went out of the gate so as the judge went to pick it up I had Lance do a quick front. Maybe the reminder helped, but it sure didn't last for the broad jump where he actually thought about fronting but then said screw it at the last moment.