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Some one forgot that it is possible to focus when trialing outside T2B Q (#11, 105 points - so only 4 more Qs needed) JWW Q. He finally got his head together!

In truth - he should have had a Q in JWW on saturday but I dropped a bar.
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Congrats and keep plugging away at that T2B title.
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At Dream Park again this weekend and Friday and Saturday QQQs. I hope we don't come home tomorrow with our heads low and our tails tucked.
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Last weekend USDAA. . . PVP Q & he's now a Performance Tournament Master! This weekend back at USDAA - need a PSJ Q for regionals.
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Congrats and good luck on the next title.
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Just got back from NADAC. We had 7 runs and Qd in 5. We also got 2 titles that puts us up to 99. We go back tomorrow.
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Well we did pretty good this weekend. All told we did 14 runs....Qd in 10....new titles stand at 5 and now we are up to 102 titles/awards/certificates.
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Well we did pretty good this weekend. All told we did 14 runs....Qd in 10....new titles stand at 5 and now we are up to 102 titles/awards/certificates.

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Finished the year with a total of 105 titles/awards/certificates. Bought some more frames....
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I have to report Vader got QQ #3 dec 20th and added a std Q to the mix. . . for a total of 75 PACH points. . . Then the tuesday before xmas we trialed usdaa to try for that PSJ Q we needed for regionals this week & he not only got the Q he got first place I blew it in the $$ round but we got the Q! So we are all set for regionals
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I have to report Vader got QQ #3 dec 20th and added a std Q to the mix. . . for a total of 75 PACH points. . . Then the tuesday before xmas we trialed usdaa to try for that PSJ Q we needed for regionals this week & he not only got the Q he got first place I blew it in the $$ round but we got the Q! So we are all set for regionals
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Went to Crown over the weekend. Came home with 2 QQs and a Q MXP and MFP. 9 runs for 6 Qs.
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I made a decision that came hard to me during my time off from work over the holidays. I will now run Lana at 20" AKC Preferred.

Last year, I ran her in USDAA and refused to jump her at 26" with the higher AF and the triples etc. My option was to run her at 20", so that's what I did - I had expected it would 22" but 20" is OK too. Thing is, my little Kelpie also runs at 20" Performance so they are both in the same classes for USDAA. yeah...

Lana did very well getting 100% Q's. Jill didn't Q at all - she is my regular little Q girl but she failed me that day.

Lana appears to get ring stress but it was not present at the USDAA trial but at the next AKC trial she again didn't Q at all (Jill got 100% Q's). Both trials were in the same place, same rings, same people - just more stress at USDAA because or all the out of control BCs being amped up at the ring gates.

So, we'll see. She runs much faster and doesn't think about her jumps at all at the lower height - which is not necessarily a good thing - but if she keeps the bars up, then it will be a good thing. For AKC, Jill is in Open and Lana was still sitting in Novice for a year now with a total of 3 legs. The main difference of course is that her breeder is at AKC trials but not at other venues and that might be the difference - I will try and keep them apart and see if that helps as well.

We also do well in CPE - both dogs with Lana jumping 24" and Jill jumping 20" so maybe it is the breeder and maybe it is me getting stressed because the breeder is there watching. Don't know. I know they both tune into my emotions.


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We've never run USDAA but I know that the whacko border collies are a problem in AKC also. The shelties aren't much better.

I have noticed that the waiting area for the 24" dogs is much calmer than even the 20" group. I wish you luck with dealing with the stress.
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I would have expected more stress at USDAA but it didn't work out that way for Lana - maybe it did for Jill though.

These things can be so hard to pin down.


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Wild West Regional Report: Vader was a rock star. . . We ran PVP without Eing! Our partner did not fair so well so we NQd but it was so much fun! Made the PSJ & PVP finals. . . No byes for us but he ran well even though he was a bit concerned about the crowd in the finals. We ran clean in both finals!!!!! I am thrilled with Vader as he does get stressed at trail and this was extra crazy because of it being regionals. Great experience for both of us (& Zannah too, she came to watch).

I think with experience they learn to ignore the crazy BCs - Vader doesn't even look at the growly tugging ones anymore.
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I think with experience they learn to ignore the crazy BCs - Vader doesn't even look at the growly tugging ones anymore.
Lana does because she wants the toy and Jill thinks every BC male loves her - because she loves them and they will give her the toy or play with her...


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Zannah doesn't love the BCs yet. . . We are working on ignoring them though. Luckily the class opposite her has a few wild BCs so we get to practice a lot!
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Picked up QQ #15 today. Spent the weekend in an unheated barn. Temp was in the teens both mornings. They did have a cylinder heater but all it did was warm the dogs and people standing in front of it.
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After 2 weekends off I am looking so forward to running this weekend! AKC
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Just got back from Timonium, MD after a 3 day trial. 9 runs....7Qs.

Friday Q-Fast and Q JW. Got the 106 title (MFPS)
Saturday-QQQ. Got the 107 title (MJP6)
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I would not recommend the club holding the trial. I'll explain later.
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The Oriole Dog Training Club held a 3 day agility trial at the Cow Palace in Timonium, MD this past weekend. They had two rings set up in a large room that was connected to the other part of the building which was hosting a Pet Expo.

The expo attracted large numbers of pet owners who brought their dogs and children.

The public was allowed to come into the front of the agility area but couldn't go any farther because of low fencing but they could stand or sit in small bleachers to watch the dogs run.

Unfortunately the spectators began using flash cameras during the runs which was prohibited according to numerous signs. But this is the public and you know how that goes. So on the last day of competition the flash cameras became an issue. There were a couple of club members going up and down telling people to stop with the flash cameras. And for that I applaud them. I even went up to one of the women and thanked her.

At one point in one of the rings the judge got fed up with the flash crap and walked to where I and another person were sitting and said to tell someone at the tables that it was a safety issue and to get it stopped.

I got up and went to the desk and relayed the judge's message. A woman went over to the bullhorn which they had been using repeatedly throughout the trials to ask for workers and other announcements and told the spectators to stop with the flash cameras.

I went back to my chair and continued to watch the runs. It was a few minutes later and the flashing started again. I went back to the table and told the woman it had started again. At this point if went downhill for me.

The woman became irate and started to take me to task for this. After she was done I told her I was merely relaying the judge's order (not request) and that she felt it was a safety issue. The woman, still in her rude rant mode, said "we've never had an injury because of the flashing and it's not a problem".

My final response to her was I did what the judge wanted so don't kill the messenger. I walked back to my chair.

A little while later I noticed another AKC agility judge (Sandy Moody) who was at the trial competing got up from her seat at the ring scribe table and marched over to a woman who was rapid flashing and told her to stop. Reading the body language I think Sandy didn't make it a request......

There were many of the handlers/owners complaining about the flashes when their dogs were running. In one ring the A-frame was an issue because when the dog got to the top it faced the spectators and that's when the flashing would fire up. The dog was looking right into the flashes.

In the other ring there was a series of jumps into a U tunnel in the corner and when the dog was coming over the jump and heading for the tunnel the flashes would suddenly start.

I applaud the AKC judges who put the dogs' safety ahead of everything else......as it should be. Kudos to Mary Mullen and Sandy Moody.

To the rude woman who deemed it not a safety problem and not worth her time I say you have no business being in the agility world.

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