Maxie's issues: solid weaves, focus, speed, working at a distance.
My issues: clear commands and body language, stress reduction techniques, being able to function in the morning, and remembering the course as I run it.
The course we ran tonight is below, which Nedra, Polly and I had set up on Saturday night. It was relatively simple, with a few interesting twists! In 3-4 places, there is an obstacle in the way of H's most likely path. It took extra thought for H not to flip over the table or crash into the jumps. (Examples: going from 2 to 4, 9 is in the way; from 9 to 11, 4 is in the way; from 19 to 20, 7 is in the way, and then there is that weird un-numbered turquoise jump - put there no doubt for aggrevation!). A trap, they call it, and many of the dogs out last night took it -- a Wrong Course fault that automatically disqualifies your run!
Also, a few dogs overshot the table due to that sharp left turn out of the chute, so H needed to position themselves BEHIND the table to prevent that. That was unusual. And also not call D to you until they were exiting the chute, otherwise they could veer left too soon and get tangled in the fabric. Tricky!
Sheryl was there observing, and we got to see first hand the value of the Lead Out Pivot after 2. H's who didn't do that arm change had harder time getting D to execute a 90 degree left to make it over 3. Like Susan Garret preaches, an arm change means a change of line. No arm change means go straight.
For some, the RC after 14 worked. Others did the FC after 15 (green). Both seemed to work.
I brought both Lucky and Maxie with me tonight, arriving before 7:30 for the 8 p.m. class, and ran Lucky thru the entire sequence, in steps (1-6, 1-9, 9-15, 16-20), before class began, and again after class. It was cooler out and she was more energetic than previous weeks, more focused, and faster. Unfortunately, she spent class time cooped up in the car because she wouldn't stay quiet chained to the fence.
Maxie did very well the first 2 times through, but then we had already run the course. On his 3rd turn, he started shaking his head and scratching his ear, and wouldn't quit, and wouldn't run. Just sat on the start line shaking his head. One more thing that can screw you up in a trial. Fleas. Ear mites. A stray cat. A bird in the rafters. I treated all the dogs for ear mites as soon as we got home.
As earlier stated, I created this diagram with my Clean Run Course Designer, which I am still learning to use. I discovered, futzing around with the program, that you can choose "connect the numbers" for D's path and H's path, and the lines draw automatically. Afterwards you can adjust them to suit yourself. This saves lots of time from hand drawing each path.
I also discovered you can add a label to the handler automatically (LOP, RC), rather than a separate text box. Neat!