Thursday, July 7, 2011

RM Regional and Soleil training videos

A quick recap of the Rocky Mountain Regional held over the 4th of July weekend. The event was held in an indoor soccer facility without air conditioning and it was HOT! Luckily we finished fairly early each day and missed most of the hottest part of the afternoon.

One of our team members was focusing on World Team points and the other was a young dog. We did not Q as each of us had a single elimination. Friday Summit was very high and released himself from the aframe and took a wrong jump before I could redirect him. He had nice runs in Gamblers and placed 4th in Steeplechase Round 1. Saturday he blew his aframe contact and dropped a bar in Steeplechase Finals and in GP round 1, he missed the aframe contact again. The last time he missed an aframe contact was at the South Central Regional during Steeplechase Finals.... hmmm I'm seeing a pattern here. I tend to get very competitive and push him when I don't need to. He is fast enough and when I start to push, his brain explodes. Definitely a mental management issue on my part.

We did very well on the IHC courses. I watched a lot of runs on these international courses and there were many faults. We had one off course in IHC Jumpers (it required handling past several obstacles to a tunnel entrance that was not in the dog's line of sight) and then we ran clean in IHC Standard and placed second (Mary Ellen Barry with Maizy was first).

Steeplechase Round 1 - 4th place (Jen missed the beginning because she was busy watching Mary Ellen run in the other ring!)

IHC Jumpers - even with the wrong course jump at the beginning (a common fault), I really liked how we ran this tough course.

IHC Standard - 2nd place

Soleil's training has been going well. Here are a few videos from this week. I am using food for jump sequencing as toys make her too high and I want her thinking about jumping not blasting through for the toy. I am still using food to reward the 20/20 behavior. At some point (like the teeter), I will switch to using a toy as a reward for further proofing.

First time running entire dogwalk with a stop at the bottom. I'm really focusing on rear feet position.

Running aframe - she hasn't been on the aframe for about a month. Still looking great! She really has her striding down.

Jump sequencing

We have a week off and then a three-day AKC trial in Castle Rock. Hoping for double Q's for AKC Nationals!


Kathy said...

Soleil looks fantastic, great contact and position on that dog walk she REALLY knows it doesnt she? The striding on the aframe is gorgeous. She is going to be a pistol on course, you are going to have so much fun. That is funny the trial building was hot, in the video it looked like the perfect place to trial in the heat, but maybe not, LOL. Gorgeous runs, it is always so cool to watch you guys it is always so pretty! Good luck this weekend! I will be sending you some double Q vibes!!!!

Diana said...

Beautiful runs!!! Soleil looks great too!

Good luck on your double Qs.