We had a great day at the Cream City Canine's USDAA trial held at Think Pawsitive in New Berlin, WI today! The awesomeness started with the fact that my dad decided to come along for the trip as a sort of "Father's Day" outing for the two of us. I think it's pretty swell that he gave up his day to schlep along to an all day agility trial across the state. It was neat that he got to see what I'm doing now and he definitely appreciated the difference between USDAA and NADAC (which he has come to watch on several occasions). Dad even stepped in to work the Masters classes with me -- his first time working at a trial and those super long Masters classes aren't for sissies! I really enjoyed our day together.
My goals for Secret consisted of getting Q's in P1 Standard & Snooker to finish her Performance Dog title, allowing us to move up to P2 in everything. She definitely made that goal, qualifying in four out of our five runs! Her only NQ of the day was our first time running Performance Grand Prix -- It was close, as we ran it without any course faults but were .67 seconds over time. Bummer.
While today was an excellent day on paper, I was quite disappointed by how stressed Secret was. She did *not* enjoy traveling by herself at all. When we walked into the building she didn't even want to walk through the crating area!! Last time we were there and she was with Kaiser this was a complete non-issue. When you think about it, though, Secret has never had to do ANYTHING alone. It was a whole new experience for her and apparently she found it totally terrifying. I suppose I should be happy that she held it together to run at all.
I also think she remembers this place as the trial that had the most awful tunnels ever. Our last trial had several of those S-shaped tunnels that really turned Secret off and I have a feeling she remembered that because she was SO SLOW through every tunnel today. So..... Slow.... Thankfully P1 & P2 times are fairly lenient and she was well under time in everything but Grand Prix.
This finished Secret's P1 Gamblers title! Yay! While this run wasn't super speedy, it wasn't horribly stressed and I was happy with it.
There are definitely a couple of spots where I could have tightened up turns and lines a bit, but major time sucks on this course for us were the weaves and the entrance to the chute. Secret almost stopped going into the chute and I thought she was going to back out of it! She did continue on forward, though, and trotted to the next jump. She finished 0.67 seconds over course time for 2nd place, but an NQ. Bummer, but not really a big surprise with how she was running today.
But still, we got through with no refusals or course faults, so I'm very proud of the baby dog for her first time running Grand Prix! That's a "big dog" class for sure. :o)
I almost ran out of cheese, which would have pissed Secret off greatly. My dad was up in the video balcony and snapped this picture of us with his phone shortly before our run started. I like that Secret is being attentive with a happy tail and doesn't look all stressy and freaked!
She finished the course great -- very happy and relaxed! That Q earned Secret her P1 Standard title and officially grants her the title of Performance Dog! It is on to P2/Advanced for us in everything now! Which also means that Kaiser gets to come to the next trial and try to finish out his own P1 titles. Yay!
Let me just mention again how much I appreciated having my dad along today!!! It's hard to play in a new organization in a new town where you don't know a soul. I've really missed getting video of our runs to see where we're at, so it was *awesome* having my own videographer and not having to stress about that at all! My dad rocks!!