There was a VMO present, so Maxie finally got his permanent Jump Height Card., at 10"
Judges: Friday, Heather Dickenson; Saturday, Chris Dewey
Both judges were fair and pleasant. Their courses were challenging but not too difficult.
- If your dog pisses on the equipment, don't finish the run! Pick up and remove them from the ring immediately, indicating totally unacceptable behavior. GAME OVER! I did get some praise for helping the ring crew clean up the mess.
- Just before and during a run is NOT the time for Conflict Resolution. Susan Garrett warns about this in her PreCompetition Routine course, which recommends developing a mental strategy for dispelling all negativity and focusing instead on the task at hand. A conflict happened to me on Sunday and I didn't do worth a crap dispelling it. I staggered thru the course feeling knifed in my back, Maxie felt my pain, exceeded course time for the first time, turned wide, and faulted 6 times (more faults than any other run ever). I clearly need to develop a strategy for handling negativity. (see 1 below).
- Once you get to Excellent B, you stay there forever, with 20MACH dogs competing in the same class with pre-MACH dogs. That seems grossly unfair and I'd like to see this changed (see 2 below).
- Nedra says I take too long to get to the start line when the previous dog has cleared the appointed obstacle, and too long to remove Maxie's leash after the judge says GO. I thought I was doing fine but I'll try to be more conscious of that.
- Videos: I am becoming more comfortable with the hand held camera, it is more convenient, and easier to zoom, but also easier to screw up, and end product shakier. Transportation and set-up of the tripod is more time-consuming, I still prefer the tripod method, especially with multiple users, except that it's harder to find friends willing to sit apart to operate the camera. Sitting apart is essential to avoid recording unwanted commentary.
- Leashes: I started out using a clip-on leash, but the ring on Maxie's tiny collar is so small and my hands used to shake so badly after a run, I could not get it back on. A few times I just picked him up and pretended the leash was attached. Since then I've switched to a slip on leash (much easier) but sometimes the leather slide gets tangled in his ear feathers. I now try to loosen the noose before we enter the ring then just slip it off at the start line.