Monday, 30 March 2009
Saturday, 28 March 2009
Cas was a star and had a 4th in Senior Jumping and a 2nd in Easter Egg Skelter winning me an Easter Egg.
Ember was good too and got all her contacts, though didn’t go right to the bottom of her A-frame so I put her back on both times, her dogwalk and see-saw were amazing and I held her in position. Senior Jumping she kept coming out of the last weave for some reason but otherwise was FAB! Then Easter Egg Skelter which she flew and won, so another Easter Egg! :)
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
You know it's much better when it's the two of us
We were out until sunset
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Taking a break
I love daffs, such happy flowers
At Crufts I bought the new Mary Ray target stick and I love it, it's fab. It has a little ball on the end which you put treats in and you have a lever on the handle which opens the ball and therefore drops the treat. Also on the handle there is a button which is a built in clicker! So I don't have to hold the clicker, treat and target stick it's all in one hand! I have to say it is fantastic and I wouldn't be without it now. It's helped Emz no end as she's so mad for food she would keep sneakily looking back at me but with this she doesn't. Here's a short clip of Rum working for it:
Saturday, 14 March 2009
Cas ran in the jumping first and considering she hasn't done full height since December I was really pleased, she had a fabulous run with just the first pole down. Then helter skelter and I forgot Cas isn't as responsive on her turns and didn't nag her enough so we had a big E. I was really pleased with how she ran though considering the surface and she hasn't run for a while, just one pole. :-)
It was a really nice show, the walks in the woods that back onto the venue were very pleasant and the weather helped too.
Saturday, 7 March 2009
Ember was fighting me all the way round and I just didn't feel we were working together. She pulled off the first tunnel and ran into me, I really had to run as fast as I could to keep up but that just seemed to make her go faster! She did the pull through to weaves nicely (has been one of our bugbears) but then pulled off a jump on the corner and looking at the vid I think I possibly didn't hold position long enough?!? She wasn't committing to obstacles at all and I was having to go every step with her. When we make one mistake it all tends to go to pot! She enjoyed it though and does cope really well with the carpet.
Thursday, 5 March 2009
Anyway onto agility and it was his first time and artificial grass and you could tell, his first turn he fell over! The weave entry was tight for big dogs and quite a few of the larges missed it and Rum was one of them, I didn't expect him to go for it as much as he did because he had been worrying and didn't call him over the jump into his turn so he landed long, went in the second weave. Then I sort of gave up a little and didn't work the next bit and he got E'd but otherwise I was really pleased with him, his first a-frame wasn't great but his second one was good and I was really pleased with the way he flicked to the a-frame.
Here we are, piccie taken with camcorder so not brilliant:
Sunday, 1 March 2009
Cas ran Novice Jumping and had a couple of poles down - the surface was quite heavy going and she didn't feel very smooth. I really pushed her round Novice Steeplechase and she won it. That means she is now Senior in Steeplechase.
Ember was naughty in Novice P&S and missed her a-frame. In jumping her stupid handler had walked the course incorrectly and sent her over an extra jump - major grr as she was clear!! In agility she was naughty on her a-frame again so got taken out of the ring. In Novice Steeplechase she worked lovely but took a pole as I moved too soon, the timing failed so I was offered a re-run with faults still standing - she then pulled an amazing clear out, I am so pleased with how she is going on away from me.
All in all a good weekend, especially for the collies. Video below, please excuse the audio YouTube is disabling anything I am upload so unfortunately I am having to stick to YouTubes extensive (not!) audio collection!!