Bailey also Q'd today. In chances! It was a distance jump pinwheel challenge. Had to rearcross and send out then layer a jump. She ran it ABSOLUTELY flawlessly. It was such a memorable run. So smooth. We were truly working together in that run. She was SO fast, responsive, and just a GREAT girly!
Buzz is now:
Sir Buzz Domino NAC NJC TN-N RN RL1 CGC
Ms. Bailey is SO close... We'll get there, no doubt!
Buzz ran SO WELL today! He qualified in 4/5 runs and they were ALL really nice. We were working together as a team and he was RUNNING!
He FINISHED HIS NAC! A title I never thought we'd get! But we got it! He qualified in both standard runs today to finish it! YIPPY!
He also Q'd in jumpers and chances. Both were REALLY nice runs. I'm just beyond thrilled with him.
I hope tomorrow is even half as good! I've got both hooligans tomorrow... chances and tunnelers for Bailey; chances, tunnelers, and jumpers for Buzz.
As of tonight Buzz is now:
Sir Buzz Domino NAC NJC RN Rl1 CGC (and now we have even more "almost" titles! YAY!)
What A GOOD boy! We had a HUGE party after jumpers. We had smaller parties after every run but I had some chicken, NB roll, and some Zukes that he got... he was happy!
cut up the NB roll
crate covers (old sheets)
water for the human
still need to get
sausage from the store to bring for the pot luck
same for crackers and cheese
We're going to have fun this weekend, that's for sure! I think I have everything I need (even the sheets to write our results down on) and just have to charge the camera batteries now.
I'm still so mad I lost my flash drive because now I can't upload my updated website until I go back to school *dies* haha, now what am I going to do?
I sent in my entries for UKC in January for Buzz and CPE in February for Bailey.
A) Buzz gained TWO UCD qualifying scores on November 10, 2007. I really can't believe how far we've come. Competing in obedience was a far away DREAM, which now became a reality with qualifying scores even!
B) Bailey has started competing in CPE agility because our friend in Ohio told us that CPE Nats are in Michigan next summer. I don't know that we'll qualify (since we would have to qualify in all 8 runs in February...), but we're certainly having fun trying. She's been such a blast to run lately. As soon as Patty puts up the videos from TCOTC, you'll be able to see how much she has improved. We had a few errors with my handling and her handler unresponsiveness but I think we got it figured out. She just wanted to RUN!
So, not only do we have NADAC agility coming up, but January 19-20 Buzz has obedience again. If we get in some good open work over xmas, I think we'll try open when gets that last UCD leg!
All we really need to work on is the broad jump. And I've got quite a few ideas. So we'll see and cross our fingers I stick to my training plan!
We had a really great summer (details on NEW website). Bailey finished her RA title in June, CD title in August, and has started RUNNING confidently not only at class, but at AGILITY TRIALS! WAHOO! Breakthrough!
Buzz finished his RL1 (APDT) in August, and got a very memorable RA (AKC) Q in August.
The 29th and 30th of December we'll be at the MMBC NADAC trial. I've got Buzz entered in both regular runs, touch n go, jumpers, and chances on Saturday. Sunday he has tunnelers, jumpers, and chances. Bailey has tunnelers and chances on Sunday too.
I can't wait for Christmas break! ONE more day! WAHOO!
New website is at http://geocities.com/arohaspringer
There are also new videos up on youtube
Bailey freaked out. She was unresponsive, spacey, stressed, etc. but we worked through it and she even *gasp* got comfortable enough to play with her frisbee, and tug with me! Then we did a rally course demo (with the frisbee in my back pocket... I treated a couple of times during and threw the frisbee at the end, she STILL wanted it! YIPPY!)
Then we practiced just heeling on the mats and she was ANIMATED, HAPPY, and just GREAT! We worked on a LOT and it was SUCCESSFUL work! We did some signal stuff (come, stand in motion, down, sit), retrieve, heeling... and she was just great!
I'm so excited now! We CAN do it, we just need to get out and practice!
I'm just so excited about Bailey, wish I would have had a camera because her gaze was fixated and her TURNS were like we'd practiced... she didn't bump me, forge... nothing, it was GRAND!
I think I've decided to come up to Duluth for a day (or weekend) in July when they have their big dog show. Since I've got a place to stay I might as well. Then if we're ready for obedience (possibility) we can show in that but we'll be doing rally if nothing else. Buzz will be in Novice B, and Bailey in Advanced A. Should be fun, and then we do APDT before the speciality!
Then we had regular and encountered weaves at the third obstacle. I asked her to enter them, she tried 'em, missed... called her back did the happy "yay! GOOD girl" when she came back and tried again... she was stressed *crap* so we went on. Tunnel, a frame, jump, tunnel was part of the couse then we took the last jump and she led me to her treats. It worked well, she was VERY happy and it was grand. Just wish we coulda done that first.
It was fabulous seeing everyone again. I miss them all SO much, they're SO nice and awww... it was just great. I wish I was going again tomorrow but my dogs are pooped (though Buzz didn't run we worked quite a bit at the trial), groomed, and Bailey even had a bath... it was a BUSY day!
I want more agility and class and friends! But now I need to buckle down for finals... *sigh*
Everytime I think about who to enter in what for the TCVESSA Speciality, I just contradict myself. I hate wasting money, so I don't want to enter too much stuff where I know I'd miss a ring time. Last year I just entered altered sweeps one day and then obed/rally the next. That worked fine I guess but I want to do more. It's my goal to do rally both days. The current proposed plan is this:
(Speciality only on Thursday and Friday but supported entries on Saturday and Sunday)
Thursday: Bailey in altered sweeps and Rally
Friday: Bailey in Rally and Obedience; Buzz in Rally
Saturday: Bailey in Agility (STD & JWW) and Rally
Now, I REALLY need to think if this will stress my dog out too much. The reason Buzz is only entered once is because it'll probably take me all summer to be confident enough to enter him in Advanced again. We have a LOT of work to do. Therefore, if I don't think he's ready, we'll enter in Novice B "for fun" and I'll use it for training. But if he is magically ready, then I don't want to overdo it. ONE day will be PLENTY. Bailey stresses SO easily. I don't want to do too much but she LOVES Rally! And it's GREAT for building her confidence because she has yet to NOT enjoy herself in Rally. Depending on what this summer looks/feels like weather-wise I'll see if we actually enter agility. It's outdoors on grass, and really nice but if it's hot, she's NOT going to have fun or run well so that'd be a total bust and stupid on my part.
I just can't wait to WORK with my dogs regularily again and enjoy them! Hopefully we'll have a grand summer and I can post training stuff instead of my ramblings that stop me from doing my homework...
One of Buzz's favorite past times (from this summer).
And then Bailey just sticks her whole head in there!
We LOVE our agility instructor, and this is how we wished her happy birthday! I was so proud of my dog that day and it's all thanks to her!
I had plans to finish Bailey's CDX by the end of the year, but in light of recent developments... I think we'll be lucky to finish her CD. Not that I don't think she has the potential, but I don't have the money to bring her to the classes we both need. So, we'll continue to play around, and I'm still thinking about what our schedule at the TCVESSA speciality will be like.
As of now, I just want to find a close show where we can go one day to do rally. She's enjoyed that a LOT so far and is much more relaxed in that ring. I need to find run throughs and good classes before we enter the obedience rings again. She's fully capable, except for those nerves and my novice-ness. We're learning together though.
She is entered on the 21st in NADAC. We're gonna go play in TUNNELS! I'm very excited about that especially since we will hopefully be running regular first. I have PLANS to pull her off the course to a BIG CHICKEN PARTY! This will probably be after the weaves unless they're at the end. It'll really depend on the course as to what I do.
I'm sure we'll have tons of fun, espcially since we'll get to see our friends again!
Once I finally decided to learn how to pinpoint what I do and don't like in a dog, of course I wanted to evaluate my own. Bailey is by no means perfect, but she does possess some really great qualities. Her list of "bad" far outweighs her list of "good" conformationally wise, but that doesn't make her any less of a great pet and wonderful companion. She is spayed, and was never bred, so this is all just a fun learning experience for me.
Some background information if you haven't visited my site.
- Bailey's sire is a conf Ch
- Her dam's side has no AKC titles for at least three generations (but I was told they were used as hunting companions)
- Her sire is OFA Excellent, dam OFA Good, and she is OFA Good.
Now, for her conformationally bad qualities...
- cow hocked
- low tailset
- "bitchy" head
- too tall (19.75")
- incorrect coat (could be due to being shaved, but doubtful)
- topline is uneven (accentuated by her low tailset and being cow hocked)
But for each thing bad, there are many good...
- nice amount of reach
- wonderful front and front movement
- clean scissors bite
- good earset and expression
I really like their table in the breed characteristics section. Take a look around, and pass it on. In a perfect world there wouldn't be any BYB's or puppy mills. Maybe someday it'll be close if we all work towards that common goal. Education is key, but you can't alienate and educate a person.