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SCOR CPE Agility April 15, 2012, Rose Street Stables, Cream Ridge, NJ

April 15, 2012 was the first agility trial of the season for  Scraps and Rags.  They both finished up 2011 strong, but after after taking the winter off, we didn’t know what to expect.  Additionally, this CPE trial required a small road trip to Cream Ridge, NJ.  Horse country in Monmouth County just minutes off I-195.

Kathy and I are spoiled in that most of our trials take place at St. Huberts, which we can bike to if we elect. Cream Ridge was to be an hour and a half trip from home which means a 5:45 departure and a 5am wake-up, neither of which are our forte. Nevertheless, we did pretty well and were on the road at 6am.  The trip was only an hour and a quarter and we were there in plenty of time.

Nice thing about this venue at an indo0r horse ring is there is little to set up.  The less of your stuff that enters the ring the better.  The ring was dark, dank, dusty and dirty.  The floor is dry dirt mixed with horse manure making the entire day filthy.  It does detract a bit from it all as the filth is omnipresent.  It’s a big difference compared to the bucolic St, Huberts field at which we typically train and trial.

Who knew how the dogs would react?  Rags has never been in and around horses and Scraps ran in one horse ring years ago, but that was it.  Last winter we were taking class after class coming into the spring, but this year all we have done is get to St. Huberts and several occasions to practice.  From the get-go Rags looked go and lively in her first run having a minor case of the zoomies but she was running.  After that she never got her bounce and she went 0 for 5.  Scraps on the other hand, seemed distracted by the dirt floor and only had a few moments of good focus and momentum but somehow he qualified in 4 of his 5 runs.

We helped clean up the place and were on the road by 4:30pm after snapping a few photographs of the horses.  While traveling on I-195 to the Turnpike we noticed the Turnpike was totally backed up going north so we kept going west on I-195 and took Route 130 north home.  I think this was a wise decision as we noticed a ugly looking fire on the horizon while on Route 130 that was coming from the direction of the Turnpike.  This afforded us an opportunity to stop at a McDonalds and wash up a bit while picking up a little bite to eat.  It wasn’t until we got home that I was able to give the dogs a good bath before they jump all over our bed.  It’s good to be clean once again.

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SCOR CPE Agility Dec. 10 and 11, 2011, K9 Campus, Randolph, NJ

Day 1 – Saturday, December 10, 2011

This was the last agility trail for Scraps and Rags for the year and it was quite a year in agility for the two of them.  We started 2011 with Scraps taking classes at K9 Campus with Linda Bogart.  After one series of classes I was able to get Rags into the class and from then on, we trained with Linda at both K9 Campus and St. Huberts in 3 or 4 series of classes with Scraps and Rags together.  Rags had just finished her second agility class at St. Huberts in the fall and without getting her into this class with Scraps, it was going to be an agility-free winter or Rags.  Fortunately that was not the case.

Rags’ training may have eventually taught her to do each obstacle, getting her to run is another ball of wax.  In addition, none of it compares to getting her used to performing at a trial with all of the distractions and none of the in-ring rewards.

Scraps on the other hand really learned to run in unison with Kathy this year.  Linda taught them the “switch” command and with that they seem to run as a much more fluid team.  Additionally, they have done a lot of work on handling skills, discrimination and weaves.  All of this makes Scraps a much better dog in the ring.   Though he is now a veteran and we have lowered his jump height in NADAC to 8″, he still loves to run agility with Kathy and their success continues to build.

Though this weekend at k9 Campus is the tenth and final trial of the year, we haven’t practiced too much in recent weeks and our level of activity with agility has waned quite a bit, so we weren’t expecting too much from this weekend.  All of our practice in the past several months has been outdoors at St. Huberts.

At the last trail Rags for the first time was finishing courses on an agonizing difficult and slow but almost consistent basis.  Knowing this was indoors, distraction-less and compact, I had some hopes that Rags could run the courses and with a little luck, CPE friendly course times and the enthusiast  handicap, we may squeeze out a qualifying run.  After all, Rags earned her one and only qualifying score of her life here in August.

I was able to walk Rags through the almost every course and she missed her qualifying score in Jackpot by 3 seconds even though she finished the 4 obstacle Jackpot distance test.  It was pretty easy.  Finally, by the end of the day  we pulled out a qualifying score in Wildcard in 33 seconds, 7 seconds ahead of the 40-second course time.  Compared to where Rags was during her first trails where getting her over the first jump was not always assured, we were feeling pretty good.

Scraps on the other hand was right a home on the fast, cushioned surface.  He didn’t sniff and was fast and nimble.  He and Kathy scored a perfect 5 out of five qualifying runs.

 

Day 2 – Sunday, December 11, 2011

K9 Campus is a very tight so the variety of course layouts was limited and I could get Rags used to doing and out and back loop.  We started off the day with a pretty good jumpers run but missed the time by 11 seconds but still lots of obstacles to go in and out.  She showed more promise though and as we went on and we got a “Q” in the next run, then the next run and then the next two.  Oh, my G-d, four out of 5 qualifying runs.  Well they were walks but they were qualifying.  And that I call progress.

Scraps for the second day in a row was flawless and got 4 out of 5 Qs.  He was heading down his nemesis the teeter for his 5th out of 5 Qs, but Kathy caught it right before it hit and accepted the disqualification for Scraps’ sake.  Nevertheless, it was a perfect weekend in our eyes.

After a great weekend like this it kind of gets you psyched to train over the winter and get set for next years’ season of agility.

SCOR CPE Agility August 6 and 7, 2011, K9 Campus, Randolph, NJ

Day 1 – Sunday August 7, 2011

This trial is half way through our agility season, and after the previous trail we were due for some better results.  This trial was being held in the indoor air-conditioned K9 Campus in Randolph, NJ.  We have taken classes there before and we are hoping the isolation of the agility ring from the rest of the crowd would help Scraps and Rags.

On Saturday morning Rags was the second dog on the line for FullHouse and she didn’t move, didn’t make it over the first jump.  Fortunately it wasn’t captured on video as there literally was nothing to see.  The rest of the day wasn’t too successful for her either but she never totally froze and the start again.

Scraps on the other hand did realty well on Saturday going 4 for 5 and only missing 5 for 5 by a little bit.  The compactness, tightness and subsequent, controlled slowness seemed to fit Kathy and Scraps’ style.

Day 2 – Sunday August 7, 2011

It was a pleasure coming to day two at K9 Campus.  It is about an equal 15-20 minute trip to our home and on this August weekend, it was nice going back indoors.  It rained at the end of Saturday and stopped part way through Sunday morning.  While it would not have severely impacted running a trial if this week was at St. Huberts, the fact this was at K9 Campus, made it so much easier.  Sunday was hot and humid outside, but inside there was a cool chill to the air.

Scraps and Kathy continued their solid performances with a perfect 5 for 5.  This made a 90% qualifying percentage for the weekend, matching their career best.

Rags on day 2 seemed a little bit more responsive getting better with each run and finishing strong on almost all of them.  This wasn’t captured on video, but by the third run of the day, Colors, Rags completed the entire course which is the first time she was able to complete a course during a real trial.  She went over course time by 15 seconds and got 15 faults and an NQ, but finishing a real course is a lot of progress for the two of us.  The next run was FullHouse and I used her enjoyment of the teeter to my advantage to craft out a course that I thought she would run , which got us through the game and got us 2 more points than the 17 we need at the remedial level I run her.  We went over course time by 2 seconds but the 2 faults that 2-second penalty generates brought use down to 17 points which was exactly enough to qualify.   It was Rags’ first qualifying run of her career.  Wow.

With Scraps going 9 for 10 and Rags miraculously getting a Qualifying run, first place, I have to say it was a successful weekend.  Back to class atSt. Hubert’s on Monday night to practice up for the remaining trails at that field for the rest of the year.  Stay tuned, let’s see if Rags can get it together outdoors.

SCOR NADAC Agility July 16 and 17, 2011, St. Huberts, Chatham, NJ

On a hot weekend, the weekend and NADAC proved too much for Scraps and Rags as Scraps went a dismal 1 for 12 and Rags barely got off the line.  There wasn’t much positive to come out of it.

Day 1, Saturday July 16, 2011

Scraps

Rags

Day 2, Sunday July 17, 2011

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

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.