Monthly Archives: May 2011

Skyline NADAC Agility May 21 and 22, 2011, St. Huberts, Chatham, NJ

This is the second trial of the season for Scraps and Rags.  As Scraps is beginning to peek-out and is running really well with Kathy. Rags on the other hand is still overwhelmed by the whole experience and wants to do nothing but leave the ring, it being only the second trial of her life.  With classes starting at this St Huberts field at  for both Scraps and Rags in a couple of weeks,  hopefully Scraps can hone his skills while Rags gets over her fears and learns to have fun with me with agility

We have one more trial before class starts, so unless I some how get some additional training in for Rags before the trial we will continue on with the technique I started on Day 2 of this weekend’s trial, which is to get her through a few obstacles to finish a course to make rewarding at the end a worthwhile experience.  After Rags bolted out of the ring prior to completing anything, I took this sage advice and have some hope and confidence that it will work.

Scraps on the other-hand was really running well.  Qualifying in his first elite runs Scraps is really coming into his own.  The whole new technique of running with the dog using little hand gestures and vocalization has really helped in focusing Scraps on the obstacle ahead.  In addition, the use of “switch” in his vocabulary has really paid dividends.  He is running considerably better than he was at this time last year.

This was really nice weather for a weekend of running in trials.  Saturday was sunny and nice and had just a quick rain shower during the 5th run of the day.  Sunday was overcast the whole day but never rained.  While there was a little chill to the air it was perfect for not tiring the dogs out.  Don’t tell Rags that.

Day 1 – Saturday May 21, 2011

Jumpers

Scraps – Open Proficient 12″ – Not  Qualifying 1st Place – 5 course faults – 28.77 seconds (33.31 SCT)

Rags – Novice Enthusiast 4″ –

Touch ‘N Go

Scraps – Open Proficient 12″ – Qualifying 1st Place – 10 points and 0 faults – 43.05 seconds (53.12 SCT)

Rags – Novice Enthusiast 4″ –

Regular

Scraps – Novice Proficient 12″ – Qualifying 3st Place – 10 points and 0 course faults – 35.90 seconds (48.88 SCT)

Rags – Novice Enthusiast 4″ –

Chances

Scraps – Novice Proficient 12″ – Not Qualifying – Not a Clean Run – 40.00 seconds (40.00 SCT)

Rags – Novice Enthusiast 4″ –

Weavers

Scraps – Open Proficient 12″ – Not  Qualifying 2nd Place – 10 course and 15.3 time  faults – 78.75 seconds (63.43 SCT)

Rags – Novice Enthusiast 4″ –

Tunnelers

Scraps – Elite Proficient 12″ – Qualifying 3rd Place -10 points and 0 course faults – 36.28 seconds (37.68 SCT)

Rags – Novice Enthusiast 4″ – With Rags’ runs being so miserable throughout the day, we decided to let Kathy have a try at it.  The results were even worse, instead of going through one obstacle and stopping, she just bee-lined for the exit and it was over.

I took relatively few photos during the trial.  I was preoccupied with Rags and Barry Rosen was taking photos, which you can see here, which are better than mine, so you might as well check those out.  Nevertheless, Day one was sunny and nice and gave me good light for the photos, but I had a auto-focus setting incorrectly set, so not everything was as crisp as it could have been.    On Day 2 I corrected the issue but the light didn’t agree with me.  so the pictures are dark and gloomy, but in sharp focus.

50% of Profits From Sale of My Photos Will Be Donated To St. Huberts – To view videos of Scraps and Rags’ runs or photos taken of other dogs or to purchase downloads ($0.99/download), prints or other items go to my SmugMug photo gallery links below.  Fifty percent (50%) of all profit made from the sale of any items off of SmugMug will be donated to St Huberts, so get great photos of your dog and support St. Huberts.

Day 2 – Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tunnelers

Scraps – Elite Proficient 12″ – Qualifying 3rd Place – 10 points and course faults – 35.79 seconds (38.88 SCT)

Rags – Novice Enthusiast 4″ –

Touch ‘N Go

Scraps – Open Proficient 12″ – Not Qualifying 1st Place – 0 course faults but 1.74 time faults – 52.62 seconds (50.88 SCT)

Rags – Novice Enthusiast 4″ –

Regular

Scraps – Open Proficient 12″ – Not Qualifying 2nd Place – 30 course faults and 51.8 time faults – 116.40 seconds (64.62 SCT)

Rags – Novice Enthusiast 4″ –

Chances

Scraps – Novice Proficient 12″ – Not Qualifying – Not a Clean Run – 40.00 seconds (40.00 SCT)

Rags – Novice Enthusiast 4″ –

Hoopers

Scraps – Open Proficient 12″ – Not Qualifying 2nd Place – 18.49 time faults – 66.49 seconds (48.00 SCT)

Rags – Novice Enthusiast 4″ –

Jumpers

Scraps – Open Proficient 12″ – Qualifying 1st Place – 10 pints and 0 faults – 31.89 seconds (33.04 SCT)

Rags – Novice Enthusiast 4″ –

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SCOR NADAC Agility April 30 and May 1, 2011, St. Huberts, Chatham, NJ

This was the first agility trial for us in 2011 and we were feeling good about our chances.  Both Scraps and Rags had been taking weekly classes for the previous several months and were ready for the season.  This trail was NADAC sponsored by SCOR Agility at St Huberts in Chatham.

We were able to video tape all of the runs pretty well and I took photographs of others dogs but our on day 2.  If you want to see some pictures I took go to my SmugMug Galley.

50% of Profits From Sale of Photos Will Be Donated To St. Huberts – To view videos of Scraps and Rags’ runs or photos taken of other dogs or to purchase downloads ($0.99/download), prints or other items go to my SmugMug photo gallery links below.  Fifty percent (50%) of all profit made from the sale of any items off of SmugMug will be donated to St Huberts, so get great photos of your dog and support St. Huberts.
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Unfortunately for Rags, the running in the ring in front of everyone was not something she was focused on.  She seemed more interested in what was going on outside the ring than in what I was trying to get her to do.  In any case, Rags entered and competed in her first trial and she was about the worst dog out there.  Taking on average 3 times the alloted course time to complete the course.  On the bright side, she did complete several of the courses no matter how slow she was.  Getting Rags motivate to run is the most important thing I need to work on because she knows what to do.

Scraps and Kathy were running with confidence and while 4 Qs out of 12 attempts over the weekend doesn’t sound good, Rags was more focused and running with confidence than ever.  They had many really nice runs.

Saturday, April 30, 2011 – Day 1

Tunnelers

  • Scraps – open 12″ standard proficient – 29.61 seconds which is under the 39.73 second course time.  There were no faults and a qualifying first place run.
  • Rags – novice 4″ standard S – 56.55 seconds was just over the 46.56 second standard course time.  This was a 1st place NQ with 0 course faults and only 9.99 time faults.  This was her first run of her rookie career . She was pretty focused but with a dozen or so tunnels to go through yet she got through every tunnel without much issue, but she was slow and her time was just under 10 seconds above qualifying time. Nevertheless, no faults and a completed course.

Jumpers

  • Scraps – open 12″ standard proficient – 39.18 seconds was just over the 37.55 second course time.  This 1.63 time fault resulted in a 1st place NQ.
  • Rags – Right out of the gate Rags was lethargic, I thought I noticed a limp but show was just walking through the motions. I did manage to get her over all the jumps in order without any faults but she was 18 seconds over qualifying time and did not qualify. Scraps appeared to run and jump well but a little sniff halfway through the course cost him as his time was 1.86 seconds over qualifying.

Chances

  • Scraps – novice 12″ standard proficient – This was judged as not a clean run and resulted in an NQ.  Scraps came pretty close in his run but went over and back over the chances ribbon and was disqualified. He never got the dog walk over the tunnel discrimination obstacle anyway and had no chance, pardon the pun, of qualifying.
  • Rags – novice 4″ standard S – our third event was chances and Rags was the first dog to go in the novice group. She was even slower in this run as she flubbed the initial obstacle and never really got going. I gave up on the chances line in just trying to get her through the course which I did but the time was really long.

Regular

  • Scraps – novice 12″ standard proficient – 49.96.04 seconds was under the 62.40 second standard course time yet with 20 course faults, it resulted in a 2nd place NQ. Scraps started really fast and flew through the course really fast up to the weave poles. They were Scraps’ un-doing as trying to finish them with Kathy across the poles from Scraps proved too difficult and also they received an NQ.
  • Rags – novice 4″ standard P – She slowly go through the course in 100.09 seconds which is way over the 65.00 course time.  She also had 20 course faults and with the 55.09 second time fault we got a 1st place non-qualifying run. The course started with a jump into a walk and Rags started with some excitement, after a couple more jumps she lost her speed and when she approached the A-frame it looked steep to her and she went past it, I quickly got her over it and the tunnel hoop-hoop combo went well then she lost her speed over the next 3 jumps and she was distracted by the judge as she approached the weave poles and after a few tries she finished them and ended in a tunnel, but once again very slow and an NQ.

Touch and Go

  • Scraps – novice 12″ standard proficient – 42.76 seconds which is under the 56.86 second course time.  There were no faults and a qualifying first place run.
  • Rags – novice 4″ standard S – 122.21 seconds was way over the 59.23 second standard course time.  This was a 1st place NQ with 0 course faults and 62.98 time faults.

Hoopers

  • Scraps – open 12″ standard proficient – 50.89 seconds was just over the 48.00 standard course time.  This resulted in an NQ with 2.89 faults.
  • Rags – novice 4″ standard S – 103.44 seconds was way over the 42.50 second standard course time.  This was a 1st place NQ with 0 course faults

Sunday May 31, 2011 – Day 2

This day proved to be a nicer day than the beautiful Saturday prior.  This morning, the first day of May is sunny, warm and without wind.  Very comfortable and I am to get quite a tan.

Hoopers

  • Scraps ran the run well but if it was fast enough to beat the qualifying time will be question.  The 50.89 seconds to finsih the course was 2.89 seconds over the 48.second course time and Scraps got an NQ
  • Rags – novice 4″ standard S – Her 103.44 seconds was way over the 42.50 second course time and she got an NQ. Sunday started where Saturday left off, with hoopers. I was hoping a good night of sleep would give Rags some energy but no hope.  From the first second she was on the course she was distracted and a slow walk was about as fast as she would move.  Some how I got her through the course but in record slow time.  At the rate she is slowing down in each run she should be going backwards by the end of the day.

Jumpers

  • Scraps – open 12″ standard proficient – 37.26 seconds was just over the 35.58 second standard course time.  This resulted in an NQ with 1.68 time faults and 10 course faults.
  • Rags – novice 4″ standard S – 113.44 seconds was way over the 35.00 second standard course time.  This was a 1st place NQ with 0 course faults and 78 time faults.

Tunnelers 

  • Scraps – open 12″ standard proficient – 27.29 seconds which is under the 33.34 second course time.  There were no faults and a qualifying first place run.
  • Rags – novice 4″ standard S – 55.66 seconds was over the 39.06 second standard course time.  This was a 1st place NQ with 0 course faults and 16.60 time faults.

Chances

  • Scraps – novice 12″ standard proficient – This was judged as not a clean run and resulted in an NQ.
  • Rags – novice 4″ standard P – She didn’t finish the run as the judge tried to help us out by holding Rags so she could have a run through the final hoops.  This was the end of her for the weekend.

Regular

  • Scraps – novice 12″ standard proficient – 41.04 seconds was under the 51.06 second standard course time yet with 10 course faults, it resulted in a 2nd place NQ.
  • Rags – novice 4″ standard P – She didn’t finish as she just turned around and walked away; she refused to work.

Weavers

  • Scraps – open 12″ standard proficient – 46.52 seconds which is under the 53.83 standard course time.  This was good enough for qualifying and 1st place
  • Rags – Scratch – She was obviously not going to do anything during this run so I scratched her from the event.