Sunday, May 22, 2011

Old Partnerships and New Teams

It was a red letter day I had someone who could video Cricket and I actually doing agility. I had so much fun with Cricket at a fun match this weekend. Running a baby dog is so much fun....poor Cricket is trying to figure out what she can trust me to do and I am trying to figure out how much to just let her go and how much support and help she needs ;-), it is all new and feels so different..a new relationship.

I did not particularly like the course that was set up, it had some weird angles for novice dogs I thought and the only weaves you could do were a set of 6 with 21 in spacing, so I had to sort of make my own course so that we went to the set of weaves with the 24 in spacing..Cricket did great. The first run felt disjointed and I was just nervous and not sure what to expect ;-), I imagine Cricket was feeling the same about me, LOL. The funniest thing was we just started doing the broad jump a day or two ago, and I have not sequenced the dog walk, so I was going to do the broad jump and then stop and reward...sit Cricket in front of the dog walk and probably just take her to the down ramp and release her to her 2020 from there. Well, baby dog Cricket did the broad jump and read where we were going and she just ran up that dog walk like no ones business. She got to the top and it looked like it hit her that she was doing the dog walk, I don't think she was sure it was ok because I was behind her.

I wish I had got video of Breeze. I really had to alter that course so she did not do weaves, but she got the most gorgeous contacts, she was running faster then I have ever seen her run, she was so happy and excited. She was reading lines, it almost made me cry how wonderful it felt-like we were an old couple that just knows each others every thought. The contrast in running a baby dog and running a partner of a long time was really striking I remember how much fun it is to run Breeze, just sucks she will not be able to do much trialing.

CRICKET IS TRULY THE BEST DOG, LOVE MY GIRL, AND SHE CUDDLES TOO!

10 comments:

Sara said...

Awesome! Cricket's contacts and weaves are amazing Kathy. You've donesuch a wonderful job training, and you can tell that Cricket LOVES working with you.

Glad to hearthat Breeze had some fun too :)

Diana said...

WhooHoo baby dogs!!! Well done.

Thanks for the very nice comments on my runs this weekend. Yes , Grand Prix was late. I think I ran it at 11pm.

Ricky the Sheltie said...

I'm glad you replayed the weaves - I thought gosh those weaves and the entry were gorgeous let's see that again! Cricket did so well - I agree with Sara that you have done an fantastic job of training her!

Priscilla said...

Cricket is doing so well with you, she has grown so much and she's learning how to run with you. It's so amazing that they just trust you and know what you're going to do next, and they just do it.

So glad that Breeze had a good time with you too.

Nicki said...

She looks like a lot of fun!

Nat said...

She definitely did have a lot of fun! Beautiful. Great to hear that Breeze had a good time too!

vici whisner said...

Well done! You two are ready for some starters and novice courses (well once you get your A frame trained) :) Can't wait to see the debut!

Morganne said...

AWESOME! and those weaves were NOT BAD!
Were you jumping her at 16"?????

Kathy said...

Yes I have mostly been jumping Cricket at 16 because I am 90% certain she will measure for 16 inches....but now am doing some work at 20 and she looks pretty good at 20...I am crossing my fingers she measures ok for 16 inches ;-)

Geraldine said...

Well done Kathy, Cricket looked awesome and some great weaving, the only trouble with jummping 16 inches she will be faster. It is so different running in a trial all the little pieces that need training that you don't think of.