(Two words which describe the leggy Dexter Morgan Dog today).
So Dex ran in his first real trial today at the Cliffies March of Virgins ;-) As I mentioned previously, I threw him in just for exposure to a trial environment, since baby dogs often lose their shizzat in trials. Plus he’s never run a course outside on grass before either. So I went in with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised! I only entered him in two runs, Gamblers and Jumpers, so there’d be very little pressure – he nailed them both!
Here’s his Gamblers run … he’s a lot slower on his contact obstacles in trial than in class. It might be lack of confidence, but it was first run of the day and slippery too, so it may have been a footing issue. Future trials will tell! He also lost his brain in the weaves, which I didn’t expect because at home and in class he generally nails his entry at speed and snakes through them pretty lickity split. Otherwise, I’m pleased with his run. First place and a Q!!
I am also especially pleased with how he tried to take the folded up tunnel in the closing, instead of the actual course tunnel, as it shows he thinks outside the box ;-)
And here’s his Jumpers run. The interesting thing about Jumpers is that it’s all jumps and tunnels – Dex doesn’t ever do that, as our classes are always full runs on all equipment. I was pretty sure he’d lose it looking for contact obstacles, but he saw the line and just went for it. He wasn’t running full tilt, but he was full of confidence and thank doG he drives forward, as even with him running at half speed I can’t keep up to him!! His turns are still pretty wide (we’re working on it) and he did a nice faceplant on one of the curves, but even so he was first place and a Q at 19.27 seconds. Wowza!
(and it’s difficult to see, but he held a beautiful start line stay for a three obstacle lead out. Also awesome)
I can’t wait to see what he can do when he gets some confidence and speed under his belt … he’s going to be one amazing dog! I am blessed, truly :)
ETA – here’s another view of the Gamble, courtesy of Kristi, who had a different seat and was kind enough to video it :)