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Monday, August 3, 2009

AKC - Van Nuys 8/1-8/2/2009

So Enzo had another pretty good weekend and got about 100 more points. Enzo got first in Saturday's JWW. Really nice run and nice turns which he ended up running in 6.2 YPS. Tooney knocked the first bar and another one later on. The first bar was because she broke her start. Not sure why the other one did except that I went pretty far lateral to get a front cross in.

Standard was pretty tricky with a zig zag sequence that presented a lot of off course possibilities if you zagged when you should zig. Pretty much had to handle it with a double rear cross which is tough with Enzo because I usually can't get around the jump in time for the second rear. Tooney with her left and right commands got through it smoothly. Enzo on the other hand was really wide on all the turns. At one point he was headed off course and when I called he just stopped for a split second and looked at me like huh? where do I go? He came off the off course chute and finished the course clean. Tooney actually won the class and Enzo came in 3rd place! Tooney hasn't beat Enzo in a while so he really wasted a lot of time there. This really reminds me that I should work on his lefts and rights.

Sunday's JWW, Tooney ended up knocking a bar because I decelerated too much before a wrap and she just landed on top of it. Enzo did the wrap nicely but ended up stumbling in the weaves and skipped a pole. These weaves have a little higher base and he's tripped on them before.

Standard had a pretty tough opening but we had actually practiced almost the exact same thing in class on wednesday. It was two jumps to an 180 turn and then you could either post turn and then push between the two jumps or front cross on the other side of the 180 and wrap to the outside. We timed this in class and enzo did better with the wrap to the outside where he stayed on the same lead so that's what I did. He was a little wider than when we did it in practice but it was smooth. With Tooney I was going to do it the other way because I didn't think she'd let me lead out far enough but she ended up staying long enough and I could do the front cross. Enzo ended up getting 2nd place and Tooney got 3rd. So far Enzo's quick (er..self) release contacts are working. Tooney is doing a running dogwalk in competition now and hitting them most of the time but she may miss them a lot more in USDAA with the shorter contact zone. I prefer that to the really slow dogwalk though.

So another really good weekend for Enzo and Tooney but I really wish I could get Tooney's double Q's for nationals.

6 comments:

AussomeDogs said...

Dang go Enzo - he is really rocking. I can't wait to see you all in Tampa next December! How do you train left and rights? I just started using them on course.

Furrari said...

we're going to tampa next year??? wtf... i wish i heard of this!!!!!

AussomeDogs said...

Heh! Jeff - Don't you hate being the last to know :) are you all heading to CO this year? Gary's going to Purina and I'm staying home, really missing the Quad though.

AgileAussies said...

I thought that the 2010 Invitational was still in Long Beach and the 2011 Invitational was in FL? Now I'm going to have to look that up.

We're not going to FL this year.

AgileAussies said...

I meant to say we're not going to CO this year in the last post.

Yeah on the top 5 list page it says 2010 invitation in Long Beach.
http://www.akc.org/invitational/top25/agility/

I train them to spin to the left and to the right then the next steps I'm not sure about. I think I'll work with Enzo on one jump and see how that goes. Then I think I just need to use it.

With Tooney I always said left or right before rear crossing when I first started running her because I didn't know how else to teach the rear cross. I don't usually do that now unless it's a really tight turn or I think I'm going to be in a position where I won't cross behind her in time.

Furrari said...

no colorado. it was not fun last year, so i don't expect to go back in the future unless the ufo finals are in socal (and i need points). our ufo major is usually before ccc, so if i were to get enough points at our major/locals and the finals are in socal, i wouldn't go back to colorado. however, if the ufo finals were in socal this year, i would have gone because i'd want to make sure i get all the points i could.