Watching your videos, I'm wondering what their requirements are when it comes to calmness from the dog (never mind the handler
I mean, I'm looking at the on/off stuff and the going around obstacles, etc. and seeing Lily very calmly doing what you signal to her...
I think HDD has a start in a lot of those things just from some of his agility work, but he would be likely to get rather frothy and worked up. Provided the actual maneuver is performed (including, I imagine, a time element like stay in place for some # of seconds, for example) do they look at the dog's demeanor and judge something like overexcitement negatively??
Oh....and CONGRATULATIONS on you guys' accomplishments!!!!
Both ADP and the International Dog Parkour Association stress safety, which requires focus on both the part of the dog and handler, hence the requirement for a certain amount of time on an obstacle before getting off. In ADP, it's at least 3 seconds, and for IDPKA, it at least 5 seconds.
The main thing judges are looking for in both organizations is "does the dog look comfortable and confident doing the behaviors". Luring a dog onto an obstacle with a treat or toy is not allowed in a submission for either organization, since the desire to get a treat can override a dogs desire to not get on something. Over-excitement can lead to errors, like them not thinking about where their feet are (which is why spotting is important).
As far as overall demeanor goes, it depends on the individual dog. Lily is typically more "up" than Leo, regardless of the circumstances. Ilka was several notches higher than Lily. The first dog to earn an ADP Premier Grand Championship is a super high energy, extremely athletic dog, who also has amazing handler and task focus. There is a Shiloh Shepherd who has a Level 5 Grand Championship who is very calm and methodical in everything he does.
One thing that I like about ADP is that, unlike IDPKA, you have a list of behaviors to choose from, and you can select the ones that best suit your dog. For an active, athletic dog, there are a variety of jumps and other movement oriented behaviors. For a dog like Leo, there are a variety of option for getting on something and holding still. In IDPKA, unless you request a modification or substitute beforehand, all dogs do the exact same behaviors. There are a lot of people who prefer IDPKA over ADP for the same reasons I prefer ADP.
And thanks. Premier Championship is a long term goal, for sure. It requires a total of 40 legs, and they are now at 24 legs each.