|Lucky weaves at home, me with her Chuck-It in my hand.|
I was so miffed, I got home Sunday evening, took her in the back yard to see if maybe she was injured. But no, she ran her weaves and sailed over jumps like a champion and didn't want to quit. Of course, I had her Chuck-It in my hand. I am disappointed other competitors can't see her at her best, so full of enthusiasm and focus.
Next day, I videoed her doing her weaves the way she does them at home and in class, and post it here to PROVE that she can do them. I want others to know I wouldn't DARE bring a dog into the competition ring that couldn't do all the obstacles, run and follow directions well, or didn't enjoy the activity. She wouldn't have earned her AX and AXJ titles in a year if she was as incompetent as she was this weekend.
By comparison, here is the Port Allen Trial composite video below.
Very discouraging, but three different people came up and said they enjoyed watching her run and not to give up. I needed to hear that. I was most impressed at the applause Tracey got for not giving up on Lucky. The big cheer was for her, not Lucky. See, it's not just about the dog!
Lucky's speed is what concerns me. Yesterday I ran her at our training field through the same standard course that Tracey ran her at the trial, and she flew through it with only one mistake - knocked bars at the tripple. SCT 64 seconds, she ran it in 53 seconds. Plenty of time. 1st place winner ran it in 48.24, only 5 seconds faster! And, since it wasn't a real trial run, I left her on the table an extra 6 seconds to catch my breath. Subtracting that wasted time, her time would have been 47 seconds! Here is that run:
I will continue to try to figure out how to motivate her in the ring. SHE CAN DO THIS!
Upwards and onward!