UKI Agility Trial

The dogs headed down for a UKI agility trial on Saturday.  I LOVE UKI but debated for awhile about entering due to the location.  Vito handles the footing OK but Lance has stuttered worse on the turf than at other surfaces.  I decided to just enter Lance in 2 runs so that if I needed to pull him after the first run I wouldn't be out too much money and plus he only needed 1 jumpers leg to get his Senior Agility title, ISDs.  I also just wanted to run my poor corgi in some agility trials this year!

It turned out that Lance handled the footing a thousand times better than the last trial!  Still some stuttering but not much worse than he can be at other locations.  For the most part the stuttering wasn't pretty but he didn't slow down a ton.  He ended up qualifying in both speed stakes and jumpers and can move up to championship now in everything but speedstakes.  Speedstakes has a bit less stuttering so this is his slightly worse jumpers run:

Vito was entered in 4 runs and since you can declare any run not for competition  and bring a toy on course I was going to leave the decision on what runs to utilize the toy based on how he warmed up for each run.
Vito was LOUD.  Very happy Toller and ran decently fast for both speed stakes and jumpers.  Not toy used!  He did knock a bar in speed stakes though and in a moment of forgetting how I was goign to handle a sequence I pulled him off a jump there too.  But happy Toller.  For Gamblers I decided that I didn't want to waste the opportunity to have a toy at a trial so I warmed up with his magical Chuck it, put it on the side as usual, and then surprised him with a bonus ball in my pocket.  Super Happy Toller kicked it into overdrive after that first reward!!!  (Oh and bonus points for hitting the judge after a jump and not worrying at all!)

Agility (standard) was his last run and it was my favorite of the day.  Maybe because he had just gotten a toy in the ring on the gamblers run before, but he did an amazing job.  A delay at the start meant lots and lots and lots of Toller Screaming.
Yay for Toller!  And look how much prettier our dogwalks can be when he's running fast!

As for the Duck, Zumi learned all about trial days.  She was amazing quiet in crate all day, played nicely for me on toys, met lots of people and bit lots of faces, and started thinking that maybe other dogs can be fun.  It surprises me how confident she is with greeting people but with dogs she is fine just sniffing and saying hi but if they want to play she is not so sure.  Actually for me that might be a good thing as long as she doesn't get nervous or reactive with dogs!

Danielle D  – ( December 14, 2014 at 8:58 PM )  

Yay that means you can enjoy more trials with Lance at that location? :)
Ooh that is huge that Zumi was quiet while crated at the trial - awesome!

achieve1dream  – ( December 15, 2014 at 7:28 PM )  

Sounds like a great trial!!! I'm glad Zumi is figuring our the trial atmosphere so quickly. :)

Ruby The Whippet  – ( December 31, 2014 at 11:19 AM )  

I love how you did everything as if giving Vito the toy after the run, but then you had a ball to give him in the ring! So much awesome :) I really like his run afterwards, too.

Do you go outside to throw the ball for him after the run if using ball thrower?

Laura, Lance, and Vito  – ( December 31, 2014 at 4:17 PM )  

Vito was very happy with the surprise ball!

I have been going outside to throw his ball after his run! It's been a bit easier since it hasn't been freezing cold and icy yet. But we have a USDAA trial this weekend that I'm not sure how to handle it. No space to even fake throw a ball, and biter cold outside. I guess I'll just have to bring my jacket to the ring!

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