Monday, January 21, 2013

Cohen FDCh

This weekend marked Cohen's first flyball tournament. It's relatively early on in our training, so I wasn't sure how we'd do. Cohen was absolutely fabulous and I couldn't have hoped for her to do any better.

We're an attractive pair.
Cohen had a full time position on a team, and she raced 4 times each day (each race was 3-5 heats). That's a lot for a completely green dog, but she had no trouble with it. My major concern was that Cohen would cross over into the other lane, chasing an opponent dog. She barely even glanced at the other team, and ran clean every - single - time. She was putting in decent speeds too: 4.4-4.5 seconds. She's out of shape right now, and still needs lots of work on her box turn, so it's possible we'll get her down to 4.0-4.2 seconds in the end.

Her only issue was flipping out when teammate dogs passed her onto the course (on Saturday she was running 4th). She really really wanted to chase them. So on Sunday we put her first, and she had zero issues passing a dog coming off the course. We'll have to work on her chasing and carrying on in practice.

She didn't drop any balls and the one time when she bobbled on the box and the ball went wonky she still grabbed and took the full line of 4 jumps back.

I couldn't be happier with her performance.

Her first race earned her her FD title (yay!) and she earned her FDX by the end of the day. By the end of the weekend she had her FDCh!

Good dog.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Rally trial weekend

Rally excellent level. B stream.

Judge Bonnie Christie. (Same judge as first RE leg)

First run: NQ. Cohen wasn't keyed into me when we started and I did not successfully cue her to take the jump as the first sign. She walked right past it with me. NQ on the first station.

Second run. Q. Cohen still was a bit distracted, but we got our Q. And a HIC. With a score of 100. Not bad.

I wanted to get 2 Qs today, but it wasn't meant to be. And even if we had QQd, the title would not be proper as all 3 legs would have been under the same judge. This entry is to mark the name of the judge so I can endeavor to use someone else for our last RE leg.