Monday, June 3, 2013
I did it. I caved. I have been as anti-barrel as they come (as it pertains to this obstacle appearing in NADAC courses) and today I finally said, "Screw it," and introduced it to the dogs.
Obviously it's not rocket science. My dogs had better darn well know how to go out and around something, but I still figured maybe we should do some official training with it and throw in into our first "sequence."
By the way, isn't our "barrel" pretty? I always knew that stupid wheel-less garbage can the last owners of this house left behind would come in handy after sitting in the garage for five years.
I learned that Family Dog Center had acquired a few sets of barrels while talking to Travis and Laurie at the AKC trial. Well there went the entire basis behind my argument of why we could not see barrels at Champs this year. I thought for certain they would hold out until the last possible minute before purchasing any new required equipment, but no, they went and threw my plan out the window. ;o) Laurie doesn't plan on asking for any courses with barrels any time soon, but she figures at least she's prepared now. And apparently they are toying around with offering EGC, which I've always felt would be hugely dangerous on that turf... To me EGC is for dirt and grass, and that's about it.
At the beginning of the year Sharon proclaimed that there would NOT be barrels at the 2013 Championships in Springfield, IL. I probably should have saved that post because I'm just waiting for the announcement that there will be barrels and that nothing of the sort was ever said. Regardless, I've decided to just suck it up and start working this stupid garbage can into our drills now and then.
It's most important for Kaiser to get the knack of them because he's my speed demon and also the only one of my dogs who is 100% attending Championships this year. Thankfully he took to the whole thing faster than either of the other two. The switch turn was a little harder for him, but the odds of seeing something like that are probably slim to none. Thus far the move I've seen used most with barrels at traditional NADAC trials is a silly L-shaped turn that I think is kind of pointless.
To start with I'm working on introducing a nice tight wrap back to me and driving straight on down the line. Secret has the "drive out of the turn" part totally nailed and doesn't even mind pushing the barrel around a bit to do so, but she was a bit slow to turn on to driving INTO the turn. She did get better, though.
Luke has no problem driving into the turn as fast as he can, but then he turns like the Titanic and doesn't give me much of a wrap. lol He figured it out, but still wants to go wide -- So the L-shaped turns would be right up his alley. Both Secret and Luke did well with the flip/wraps and that's actually when I got the best drives into the turn out of Secret!
I just did all of this while playing fetch with the Chuck-it, which was part of the reason for some of the super wide turns we got -- but also the best method for getting good drive out of the turns. I started with just the "barrel" and added the hoops to try to help them get the idea of a tighter turn. It worked nicely.
I had Kaiser's V-NATCH bar delivered to me at the USDAA trial this weekend because our super awesome bar provider won't be able to make it to the NADAC trial this month. That's not bad luck or anything, right? To get one's bar before the award has been earned? ;o) If it helps, I haven't unwrapped the paper off the name/date part because surely THAT would be bad luck. And yes, I said date. Boy, that's not getting cocky, is it? Ha! Kelly did throw an extra six on there in case Kaiser doesn't finish it on the 15th (Saturday). Considering that we have three shots at the one Touch-n-Go Q we need and two shots at the one Tunnelers Q we need, I figure we'd have to have a REALLY BAD WEEKEND to not get it. But hey, he is a Klee Kai... So you just never know.
One of these days I should send in Kaiser's Champs entries and make it official. Then I can continue to waffle over what to do about the other two.