SCOR CPE Agility June 4 and 5, 2011, St. Huberts, Chatham, NJ

This is the third trial of the season for Scraps and Rags and our first CPE.  This tends to be easier for Scraps as making time at higher levels isn’t such an issue. For Rags these subtleties do not matter as she is still totally overwhelmed by everything going on to actually run a complete course.

This was really nice weather for a weekend of running in trials.  Saturday was cloudy with no threat of rain and no wind.  It wasn’t hot and it wasn’t cold.  Sunday was just as nice.  It was a comfortable and enjoyable weekend at the trial.

Day 1 – Saturday June 4, 2011

Full House

Scraps – Level 4 – 8″ – Qualifying 1st Place – 28 points – 36.47 seconds (40 sec gametime)

Rags – Level 1 Enthusiast 4″ – Eliminated

Wildcard

Scraps – Level 4 – 8″ – Qualifying 2nd Place – 0 faults – 33.15 seconds (38.00 SCT)

Rags – Level 1 Enthusiast 4″ – Eliminated

Standard

Scraps – Level 1 – 8″ – Qualifying 1st Place – 0 course faults – 26.98 seconds (61 SCT)

Rags – Level 1 Enthusiast 4″ – Eliminated

Jackpot

Scraps – Level 4 – 8″ – Not Qualifying – 1st Place – 33 points 44.71 seconds (55 second game time)

Rags – Level 1 Enthusiast 4″ – Eliminated

Jumpers

Scraps -Level 4 – 8″ – Qualifying 1st Place – 0 faults – 27.42 seconds (42 SCT)

Rags – Level 1 Enthusiast 4″ – Eliminated

I took relatively few photos during the trial.  I was preoccupied with Rags and Barry Rosen was taking photos, which you can see here so check those out. I didn’t  take any photos on day 1 and only a few on day 2.  I did draw a few photos on my iPad during the trials so that’s all I have of Scraps and Rags.

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, June 5, 2011

Full House

Scraps – Level 4 – 8″ – Qualifying 1st Place – 30 points – 34.43 seconds (40 SCT)

Rags – Level 1 Enthusiast 4″ – Eliminated

Standard

Scraps – Level 1 – 8″ – Qualifying 1st Place – 0 course faults – 38.46 seconds (67 SCT)

Rags – Level 1 Enthusiast 4″ – Eliminated

Wildcard

Scraps – Level 4 – 8″ – Not Qualifying  – Missing information

Rags – Level 1 Enthusiast 4″ – Eliminated

Colors

Scraps – Level 4 – 8″ – Qualifying – 2nd Place – 30.88 seconds (41 SCT)

Rags – Level 1 Enthusiast 4″ – Eliminated

Snooker

Scraps – Level 3 – 8″ – Not Qualifying 1st Place – 10 points  – 34.73 seconds (50 SCT)

Rags – Level 1 Enthusiast 4″ – Eliminated

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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″ –

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.
http://fidogenic.smugmug.com/Dog-Agility/NADAC/2011-05-01-NADAC-at-St-Huberts/16861527_X2CwWj

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.

2011 Winter Scraps Agility Class K9 Campus

Week 1 – 2011-01-21

This is week 1 of our second round of classes with Scraps at K9 Campus with Linda as a teacher.  This 8-week class we are euphamistically calling remedial intermediate agility.  It’s super cold Friday night in January with a lot of snow outside.  It is warm in the k9 Campus but it is 20 after 8 and we haven’t started class yet.  With only 3 dogs in class we still should get plenty of good practice in.
First run is a simple loop to get going with an emphasis on ” go tunnel” with a tight walk-jump-weave combo to finish.  We did 2 runs and he had some hesitancy with going into the tunnels but the 3-part combo at then end was executed really well.  Scraps’ weaves were really fast considering he probably hasn’t weaved in weeks.

Second set of runs we are practicing “out” versus a “go” to get them out and over a jump.  Scraps is doing it well and has excellent focus and speed tonight.  It is some good practice ofr him. We ended with some teeter practice, not going over it but just having fun banging on it.

Week 2 of 8 – 2011/01/28

Week 2 of class found us once again in a very cold and snowy environment but this week was different.  Maybe Kathy’s back was weak from all the shoveling because she tweaked it earlier in the day.  This meant I was to run with Scraps instead of Kathy.  With the messy winter mix outside I was running in my hiking boots but that didn’t stop Scraps and I from running really fast through the practice drills Linda set up for us.  It was pretty exhilarating running at such fast speeds with Scraps yet learning the techniques on how to run a course in such a controlled  manner.

Week 3 of 8 – 2011/02/04

Week 3 of this class is starting with learning to jump varied jumps with respect to distance between each and jumps being at angles.  Additionally, we are learning Linda’s front cross technique where you have the dog go over a jump and the front cross turns him 180 degrees by a virtual grab of the collar while you pivot away fro  the jump indicating to the dog that we are turning.   On our first run Scraps jumped with a nice rhythmic bounce in a good way as he is a good jumper.  Kathy didn’t really catch up enough with Scrpas exiting the tunnel to try to even attempt the front- cross.  On the second run, Kathy got the front cross but still needs to run faster and slower indicating to Scraps her intentions through this acceleration / deceleration technique.

Next a nice little course was set up to run, no teeter, but everything else. The first run was great and entering the weaves on our comfort side made going through 2 set of 6 a snap.  The second time through the course was even faster but trying to get Scraps through the weaves on our bad side proved to be a disaster.  Linda suggested we work at home with a set of 4 weave poles

week 4 of 8 – 2011/02/11

It was another cold clear night outside but the K9 campus was warm inside which helped Scraps’ warm-up nicely before  the runs. First run includes a series of 6 jumps in a row a varied distances.  Linda wants to mix up the jump distances and heights so the dogs can judge how high and far they have to jump, this way their jumps are efficient and they don’t jump higher and harder than they need to.  At the beginning of a a run never start them to close to the jump where they don’t get a few comfortable strides before they jump.  Some people learn their dog’s optimum distance before a jump and count off the steps like a field goal kicker and place their dog at the proper starting distance.

The first run with Scraps was under control and virtually flawless; speedy yet relaxed.   On the way in reverse it was also well done.  Scraps missed a tunnel entrance and also hit a bar on the series of jumps to close the run.
Now we are running it with the jumps at both 8″ and 12″ heights to make it a bit more challenging in its variety.  Scraps did really well on this run and adjusted like a thinking mammal between the varied jump heights.

The third run we are using the tunnel to work on the “go” command to get them to go do the tunnel.  She is encouraging us to say “go,” “go,” “go” to send the dog over two jumps and to the tunnel. Scraps would “go” over jumps but would turn around to look for confirmation and abort a solid entry into the tunnel.  He never really practiced  “go” recently, so I guess we couldn’t expect too much.  We worked on more “go” with jumps and a toy as a lure to get them to go.  It worked really well for Scraps as he was focused on his toy.

The exciting conclusion to week 4 is that Linda gave me permission to have Rags join the class.  I hope I don’t get kicked out during the first week but it is exciting to have Linda teach the two of us.  Stay tuned!

2010-2011 Winter – Rags In Advanced Beginners Agility Class

Over December and January 2010 and 2011 respectively, Rags the Dog completed her advanced beginners agility class held indoors at St. Huberts in Madison.  Being winter, it has been cold and snowy outside and inside in the class it has been crowded with our teacher Tom trying to teach up to 9 dogs at various capabilities simultaneously.  At times, the class seems agonizingly slow but Rags got better and better every week.  Her contacts are great and she still has a bit of trouble getting excited about running over and through jumps and tunnels.

With the exception of the weave poles, Rags is virtually ready to run in competition this summer.  I’m not saying I expect her to qualify as her focus on me through 20 obstacle may be asking for a lot but I think I will have hope for her.  Below are several of the videos taken during weeks 2 through 6 of the class the class so one day we can look back on Rags to see where she came from.

Week 2 of 8 – 12-5-2010

Week 3 of 8 – 12-12-2010

Week 4 of 8 – 12-19-2010

Week 5 of 8 – 1-9-2011

Week 6 of 8 – 1-16-2011

2010-12-03 Scraps Advanced Beginners Agility Class at K9 Campus week 2

After a week off for Thanksgiving Scraps continued his advanced beginner agility class at K9 Campus. It’s a cold night outside bid cozy in the big open agility room. Lots of tunnels were set up tonight with hoops.

Like last week, the objective of this class will be to untrain Scraps from running to an extended hand and finger as he follows Kathy though the course, but rather, follow her entire body and its angular direction. This will enable us to eventually use arm and hand gestures for other directives to Scraps. It’s a bit frustrating to watch because you know they can do better, but if we succeed at this technique it should really help our control and speed. It will hopefully keep him from getting distracted by sniffing at smells because he is running quickly. It is a win-win situation if you can get it.

For the second run of the night we added a few contacts in the mix to see how well we can run. It has a lot of S-tunnels so we will have to see how that goes. The run ended up pretty good as Scraps did a nice easy run, only once distracted by my presence.

We ended the night with a little free form practice on the teeter. A good week of practice which really drives home the hope that running on the course is the goal, not just completing obstacles. Until next Friday for Scraps but we have Sunday with Rags back at St. Huberts, so check in then.

2010-11-21 Rags Advanced Beginners Agility Class -Week 1

Rags is starting her second agility class of her life closely on the heals on the beginners class she took in the fall.  Her new class is also being taught by Tom who taught her first class.  Due to the weather the class is being held in St. Huberts indoor ring in Madison, NJ.  While being indoors keeps us warm and dry, it precludes me from taking any pictures so video are all I will get from this class, but it is better than nothing.

In week one we were just getting used to the indoor class, the tight quarters and the equipment.  We started with some tunnel practice which Rags still had problems with especially when it came to entries at an angle.  I need to get her more enthusiastic about going into a tunnel like she get going on a contact obstacle.   We then did figure-8s over jumps and that she did well.  We closed with plank work and she is okay at that also.  Does a nice target.  A cute thing about this week was the fact that the agility training ring has a moving wall that can separate the room into 2 and it was partially unfolded to the point that it made you feel like you were on the Dating Game.  Both sides were not able to see the dogs waiting on the other side of the wall while each side  could watch what was going on in the middle of the ring.  It was a weird perspective.

This 8-week class will hopefully get Rags prepared to begin to compete in 2011’s season of agility competitions.  I think Rags will be ready to at least enter these competitions but probably not ready to qualify in any event.  Time will tell with it, but unless we do some more practice, Rags ain’t gonna do squat, but squat.