It's been awhile since Lance's last obedience trial. Just over 3 months. CDSP trial this time- the happy, relaxed sister to AKC.
In CDSP, the Utility B class is more of a Versatility class. There are 3 different orders with exercises chosen from utility, open, and even novice.
Lance had only 1 run and he was very, very happy to be back in the obedience ring. He sprinted through everything and we suffered some error of precision with gloves being dropped, twice. I don't think he could of been any cuter. We qualified with a 216.5/220, order #2.
Sunday Trial 1:
Enthusiasm continued! But Lance looked away for a second right before my stand cue on the signal exercise, paused, then doubted himself and sat. A second signal to stand was needed. Then he sat before I could give the down signal, but happily went into a down when asked and recalled. The rest of the exercises went without any major bobbles. He had fabulous heeling, no forging!!! The broad jump he decided to skip front. And he was his giggly self on all retrieve opportunities. Qualified with a 203.5, order #1. You're allowed to give a 2nd hand signal in CDSP instead of it being a NQ. Then the judge decided Lance's bonus sit was a major deduction but not considered "anticipation" since he didn't actually do the next cue (down). I disagree with that call, but oh well.
The Q earned us Lance's OTCH-C!
Sunday Trial 2:
Still squirrley :) Amazing run and not even the slightest forge on the figure 8! We had the glove exercise again and Lance actually didn't auto mark the gloves on the pivot, either time! Baseball bonus exercise was a hoot. Lance ignored my call to sit in the middle, and ignored my 2nd cue as he sprinted off for the middle glove, but then sat and held it nicely in his mouth. Right as the judge called for me to direct him to #3, the audience laughed and Lance took that as his cue to come towards me. I signaled for the #3 glove anyway but he was past the center by the time I finished it. This made the Corgi pause for a second and think. I decided just to laugh and call him to me but Lance knew I wanted something and turned back for the other glove, still holding the #2 glove in his mouth! Of course he turned the wrong direction and headed for #1. By this time everyone was laughing and it took me two more calls for him to come to me and stop trading gloves! So no bonus points for us. Since the baseball exercise is only for bonus points, we still qualified with a 198.
Huge pro of the weekend (besides the Championship title I guess) was Lance's finishes. In the online Problem Solving class we took from Denise Fenzi/Nancy Little, his finish was a big topic. Lance tends to lean away from me when he sits in heel position and his butt can also be behind me at times. I quickly taught Lance a nose target and have been having him do it after every finish as well as most setups and halts. The result is Lance doing a task incompatible with leaning out.