Thursday, March 5, 2009

Novice Competition Class 1

Last night was our first novice competition class and it was awesome! The class seems to be challenging but not over our heads. We are split into two groups again - last night there were four dogs in my group. We started on the side that had the most jumps and weaves and the teeter. Worked a lot of little sequences in 30 minutes - some pinwheels, 180s, - mom did a lot of front crosses with me. She's trying to get me revved up to run but now when we get in front of the first obstacle and mom starts to say ready, I immediately start moving but not very fast still. So it's been difficult for her to get a startline routine going. I admit that I am just not helping her very much. I did save her butt a few times when I went the right way and she was not very clear with her handling! And I love the end of the sequences because I get a lot of chicken!

After 30 minutes we headed to the other side which was the contacts plus tunnel, jumps and weaves. My contacts were fine - mostly because I don't run fast enough to miss the yellow! The thing that gave us the most trouble was wrapping - we have practiced jump wraps before, but last night I kept wanting to back jump. Mom tried different moves and we are going to practice all week at home. Too bad we don't get copies of the exercises we do in the class. After doing so many, it's really hard to remember the set-ups when we get home. Overall it was a great class - new people and dogs, a new instructor, and new challenges! Looking forward to next week!

Monday agility class went better this week too. In that class we practice some really advanced stuff - some of it is definitely too hard for us right now - some discriminations and some layering. But it's good to see it and try it. Mom played around with a couple of bc's after class again. One of our former instructors had two of her dogs there - one is a MACH 2 dog - mom ran her and got a real thrill out of it - it's like driving a sports car, she said - hard to control when you don't really know what you're doing! And she also ran with the other dog - a young and wild girl! It's interesting for mom because not only are they super fast dogs, but they're a lot bigger than me and mom has to think about different handling options with them.

Now for some sad news - my cattle dog friend Riley that works with her mom at my favorite pet store has been diagnosed with cancer - she is 10 years old (young for a cattle dog) and doesn't have long to live. They did surgery to remove her spleen but the cancer had spread and is in her blood vessels. Chemo doesn't work well so there's really nothing to do. We are going to visit the store as often as we can in the next few weeks. Please keep Riley and her mom in your thoughts! It's really sad - no one ever knows how much time they have left - we should all make more of an effort to enjoy the time we have......

And so,

Gotta zoom!

Ricky

11 comments:

Rohan Shelties said...

Thanks for your great post, Ricky. Our mom has been sick a lot this year, and we have been trying to teach her very important lessons (like to slow down and enjoy today!) since she's been home. After reading her latest posts, we think that our messages are finally setting in! We'll send more Sheltie prayers Rileys way...you're right, we never know what tomorrow will bring...
Keeping our paws crossed that Rileys days are filled with love and pain free,
Heidi, Shelby and Sheltie-Mom Jenn

Rohan Shelties said...

Thanks for your great post, Ricky. Our mom has been sick a lot this year, and we have been trying to teach her very important lessons (like to slow down and enjoy today!) since she's been home. After reading her latest posts, we think that our messages are finally setting in! We'll send more Sheltie prayers Rileys way...you're right, we never know what tomorrow will bring...
Keeping our paws crossed that Rileys days are filled with love and pain free,
Heidi, Shelby and Sheltie-Mom Jenn

Brittany said...

It sounds like your class was tons of fun! I can't wait until Hobbs' next class starts.

Diana said...

One time I saw Barb Davis run her dog Rocket. She didnt do a lead out. She got him excieted and then pushed him back with her hand on his chest, then took off running. He blasted after her. Worked well for her. Could try that. If it works, then reward with the chicken after the first jump. Also remember, food calms and toys create excietment. Thats why people try to use toys. Just some thoughts. Glad you had fun in class. Diana

Sara said...

That sounds like a great class for you Ricky!

We're taking a start line seminar in a few weeks - I'll let you know if we learn anything that might be useful for you guys!

Dawn said...

Hi Ricky! Glad you are having fun in school! Katie loves school, but she loves to run, I have more trouble getting her to slow down and do things right than getting her to run.

We are very sorry to hear about your friend Riley. We will think about him often, and about you too, as you will surely be sad.

Ludo van puppy said...

oh sorry about your friend Ricky. :(

Your classes sound really great. Make sure your mum doesn't take a fancy to them border collie's. We watched crufts today and an Obay sheltie won the international small class. Hooray! We does not understand all those things you talked about but I's sure one day we will and then I can get lots of advices from you.
~lickies, Ludo

Marie said...

Oohh, sounds like a great class! I'm so sorry to hear about your friend Riley! Very true that we should all appreciate every day that we have...

Bree/Reilly said...

Those classes sound like so much fun and even the harder one is still a great challenge. Hmmmm gotta figure out how to transfer your zoom zoom energy into the trial setting. I am so sorry to hear about Riley and her poor mom, she is going to me so upset....lots of visits sounds like a great idea.

Johann The Dog said...

Hi Ricky, I am so sad for your friend. I have a hat that I wear sometimes - it says "Cancer Sucks" Just took my very first blogging friend, Spencer. It's a horrible disease. I hope their time together is super special, and you get to visit him as often as you want.

I know you'll find just the right start line routine. It took us a bit of time, and it's changed some over the past two years. Mum says she just watches what gets me revved and tries to duplicate that at the start. I get super anxious when I have to down before doing something, so that's working for us now. You're Mum will figure it out, she knows you better than anyone!

Giving you lots of virtual hugs, cause you are right, time is just too short.

Irish Hill Shelties said...

Hi Ricky sorry to hear bout your friend. Sickness just changes our whole life I wll keep your friend in my thoughts. Your class sounds like alot of fun Have a good weekend