I always enjoy watching your training and trialing videos and hearing how things are coming along with you and your crew. That is awesome that Cherry has gotten a Utility leg! Good luck at the upcoming outdoor trial.
Gidget is training in Utility and things are coming along but we have a very long ways to go before we will be trial ready. She actually still needs one leg in Open - we've taken a break from showing in OB after getting her first two Open legs to work on engagement and transition between exercises, with the goal of a peppier ring performance and stronger engagement between exercises. We have been recently using CDSP as a bridge to get ready to re-enter in AKC OB. Hope to go back for our 3rd AKC Open leg over the upcoming couple months.
What really strikes me about utility is the amount of waiting in between exercises. I have an "anticipator" who tends to be a bit too eager to start each exercise.
I will need to spend a lot of time improving her ability to patiently wait before the next exercise begins for Utility. And the working away from the handler and independence required on the part of the dog seems pretty intense in Utility.
Good luck with Cherry's UD!!
Thanks - hopefully will see you around here and there - Chill has shown extensively outside but cherry has never - no time like trying utility A out there, right?
Utility is a long process - I don't want to rush the dogs, but honestly the dogs have been doing utility since they were little puppies and SO MUCH of it is confidence in this class - it's a lot of independent thinking and decisions that I cannot help with! (though you see me try to save the articles here in this video, I figured worth a shot!)
Yes, there can be waiting - there is a LOT of work for a steward in this class (picking up and putting down articles) but Art is also not the fastest judge - and this was his second day of judging! But still it will be easily almost twice as long as most dogs are in open and novice - my average utility run is about 7 minutes, and my open and novice runs are 3.5-4.5 minutes.
Thank you for the videos! How old is your dobe?
Also, do the finishes always have to be straight to the left or can they go behind you to finish on your left??
Cherry turned 5 this february.
Finishes can be either right or left finishes - it's up to you. I choose the one that the dog does best -
1) the briskest
2) least likely to be distracted
3) more correct - straightest, proper position
i aim for my left finishes to all have hops, but you can see she doesn't do it on ALL the left finishes.
Hi there, I'll chime in on the finishes. You can finish left or right (around behind) in AKC OB. It's really handler preference and some dogs are stronger/more accurate one direction vs the other, so the handler may base the decision on that. It's also not uncommon to finish both directions during a given run, depending on exercise. i.e., I tend to finish right vs left on the broad jump vs because there is more room for the dog vs having the broad jump right next to us on the left where the dog is ultimately coming back into heel position.
yes - Chill does not have a right finish despite my best teachings (i know, i know - funny thing to fail at), but we also dropped from 5th to 8th place at the AKC classic this past year when he went to do his left finish and hit the broad jump and came back to front ! Silly mistake, since he hits the broad jump on the finish ALL the time (not points off - not principle part of the exercise) so i now have a left finish that is NOT a jump up.
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