Here is Saturday’s video, courtesy of Allan Ross and his YouTube channel:
Let’s break it down!
I’ll incorporate Cathi’s comments from the critique she gave at the end of the video. She will make a fine judge one day!
This is an APDT Level 2 course.
Start: Freya will often be very interested in anyone approaching her/us, so she is in a Sit-Stay even though it is not required, and I am working to make leash removal and handoff as quick and smooth as possible.
1. 44-Halt – Leave Dog – Call Front While Running: This was actually a retry; the first incorrect performance is not on the video and we also did the leash handoff again for practice. (-3 points for the retry)
2. 36-Finish Right: Ouch. Freya’s finish was fine until she moved herself out of position. (-1 point)
3. 11-270° Right: Lagging a bit coming around. We have to tighten up the performance on all of our turns and pivots this week.
4. 43-Send Over Jumps – Handler Runs By: I am inside the 6-foot line, but not directly in front of the jump, when sending Freya over. At this stage, it is intentional because I would rather take the point loss and be reasonably sure she will go over the jump. If I am a full 6 feet away, she will probably go to the right of the jump which will NQ us. (-3 points)
5. 12-270° Left. That was probably pushing the edge of what would be considered an acceptable turn radius. Turns and pivots are definitely our priority for the week.
6. 5-Halt – Sit – Walk Around: Here is an example of an exercise that is performed and scored differently in the different venues. In APDT, you may pause in heel position after walking around the dog, or you may move forward immediately. In AKC and UKC, you must pause in heel position or it is a major fault. After getting points deducted for failing to pause at heel on this exercise in a UKC trial, I’ve decided to always pause at heel, because that is acceptable in all venues.
7. 7-Right Turn.
8. 30-Serpentine Weave Once: We have not been very strong with the cone exercises lately. Out of position (-1 point) and lagging (-1 point).
9. 7-Right Turn.
10. 7-Right Turn.
11. 42-Call Front – 1, 2, 3 Steps Backward: Freya is coming in a little crooked, but this was not too bad. I have to keep up the pace so she doesn’t lose focus on good, close fronts.
12. 37-Finish Left: Our left finishes need tightening up as well. The left finish has never been one of our strong points. Plus, this one ended up with a very crooked sit. (-1 point)
13. 11-270° Right: Like I said… working on those turns!
14. 24-Halt – 90° Left Pivot – Halt: Freya did not really move with me and also ended up out of position (-1 point; maybe should have been -3 points)
15. 46-Halt – Fast Forward from Sit.
16. 21-Normal Pace: Our pace changes are getting better.
17. 8-Left Turn: Yup, those turns need work!
18. 12-270° Left: This one was better than the earlier one, but Freya is crowding a bit instead of going too wide.
19. 45-Moving Down and Forward.
20. 48-Left About Turn: Freya is lagging just a bit when coming around. Yet another turn to work on.
Finish: I started asking Freya for a Sit-Stay at the finish, so I would not have a problem with her leaving the ring prematurely, especially in the off-leash classes. But I have to make sure that we are completely past the Finish sign before asking for the Sit; upon re-watch it looks like we are right at it and not past it.
Bonus Exercise 1: Moving Down – Leave Dog – Turn – Call Front – Finish R/L: Normally the bonus exercise sign would be placed past the Finish sign, so we would be heeling up to the sign before the down rather than past it.
Any tips for us? As trial day approaches, we always appreciate any help we can get!
(NaBloPoMo | April ’10: 26 of 30)