Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fast and Fun Class

Today when we got ready to go to class it was absolutely pouring.  As a result, the roads were slow and everyone was late.  The first course was quite simple aside from a tough, tight weave entry, but for some reason or another people had problems.  Jonah had a beautiful run but pulled a bar, other dogs had trouble with a seemingly straight forward line of offset jumps, and some struggled with the weave entry.  It looked like this:
I did a blind with Jonah in the tunnel and pushed to the weaves, but other people had trouble getting there in time and handled the weaves with the dog on their right.  Both ways could work, but it was certainly tricky.  I was pleased that Jonah hit his entry every time, and he weaved faster than he has been lately, too.  Grace made us do it three times to prove it wasn't a fluke.  She said your timing had to be very good to get it done, and apparently our timing was indeed good.

We ran the course a second time and I overcorrected for the pulled bar, pushing him off the jump altogether.  The first time I had decelerated hard before the jump, and startled Jonah into bringing the bar down.  The second time, I was so worried about not getting too far ahead of him that I forgot to cue the jump at all.  Oops, bad handler.  The next time the line ran beautifully and the bar stayed up.

By the time we'd gotten through this course twice, class was almost over, so we only did part of the second course, and Jonah did it beautifully.  The only issue was that the first time he came at the A-frame he had so much pace that his footwork got screwed up.  He only did one hit on the downramp.  He cleared the apex fast enough that the hit was at the very top of the yellow, but it was not what we're looking for.  The second time over he corrected himself for a beautiful running A-frame.  All his other times over the A-frame looked great, too.

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