First Agility Trial of the year – Recap
First Agility & Jumping trial of the year on Saturday night, and all the dogs had a great time. Thanks to the NSW Agility Committee, the fundraiser was a great success, and lots of triumphs and various zoomies and a lot of fun all round.
We were entered in the Jumping & Agility rings for Novice 300. Jumping was the first event of the evening. After going to club earlier in the day, and thanks to the 34 degree heat at 6pm, we didn’t get too far before Jaxon decided there were other things on his agenda. He had a wonderful time sniffing around, then doing a couple of jumps, then greeting the Judge, then doing some more jumps and a tunnel, then having to be herded by the judge to get back to me… if anything I should have been rolling on the ground laughing by this stage.
We had a very long wait of 6 hours before our next session. I really should have entered the RQH rings for a bit of fun & practice, but hadn’t realised the rules & anyone was able to enter.
The wait was also made extremely easy by the wonderful company of fellow NSDTC members, the gorgeous tent and the amazing food made by all! So very spoilt!
So about midnight we finally got a run in the agility ring. I thought Jaxon would be completely exhausted by then, so decided it was just a practice run, and we’d just have fun.
While Jaxon was a bit slow, he accomplished all the obstacles – even the A-Frame! I was thrilled with that. When we got to the weaves, he hit the entry, got about half way, then decided to sniff at each one. we got to the second last & I decided enough was enough. I took off for the finish line, and Jaxon was quickly on my heels.
I had a good laugh, cuddled Jaxon, and shrugged off what I thought was another DQ. No worries, we’d just have to go work on some more foundation skills this week and keep learning & trying.
Last night I was getting ready for bed when I read the agility group’s update that the results were up on the NSW Agility website. I thought I’d have a quick squiz to see where everyone placed, etc. To my complete disbelief, at the very end of the document, I saw the name Jaxon. I did a complete double take, and read the line – only 2 results for Agility Novice 300 and we were SECOND! With faults, obviously, so no pass this time, but I just laughed and laughed and laughed. Jaxon got really excited, and wagged his tail as I hugged him, but he had no context. He just looked at me weird after that and went back to sleep.
Needless to say, we are still working on foundation skills & starting to get it all together. Maybe next time we may even get a pass! And next time will ensure we get some videos!