My only goal for that day was to be nice and calm no matter what happen on course. I can imagine how hard for my dogs is to run my cues. This time I decided to leave all the thoughts of clear runs and good results behind and focus only on controling my emotions (that influences my dogs visibly) and just run forward. Without stress, without disappointment after any bar down. I know that all of our mistakes and misunderstandings come from myself, but I don’t get that while running. I realize it all only at home, when all the emotions are gone, but then it’s too late. So this time, I planned to change it. And I did it!
After every trial I can find something to complain about. I know, I’m such a grumbler, but this time… we really screwed up. Acctually I did, but of course, I blamed the dog at the beginning. Mon was running even worse than in Plaenterwald – he not only barked all the time, but also knocked many bars and even kicked the wall all over. I was ashamed, pissed off and depressed at the same time just after our two runs. Only at home I realized, that his overexcitement and frustration was my fault and it’s a result of my stupid mistakes and ideas at recent trainings. And the most important thing: while running A2 courses I make such a mess called “handling” that with his speed we can’t rely on luck anymore. And that’s the problem – I need to learn and train! What a revelation!
Fortunately, it was only one-day competition and I run only twice with each dog (A2 and J2 both).
I’m so sorry for Mon that Libra’s results don’t make me as happy as they usually would. Cause she was brilliant! She’s not a fast runner, but she’s precise and trying so hard. I’m pathetic handler and it’s not easy for any dog to run my clues. But she knows me so well that even my chaotic handling gave us 2nd place in A2 (3rd exam passed!) and 4th place in J2. In A2 Libra took 1st place overall.
The competition was the first of the Winterturnier 2014/2015 series and all it’s parts take place in the same (cold as hell) hall in Kloster Lehnin. Couple weeks ago we went for spontaneous sheep training at our friend’s place in Kloster Lehnin, and I saw the prettiest sheep in the world there! I suspect, that this lovely town in Germany will be our main destination for winter weekends this year ;).
I will consider it twice before we go for an agility trial without training again.
We went to HSV Plänterwald Berlin for autumn running courses. It was our first time on that area and I find it absolutely great. Vast and charming terrain was really impressing. There were two courses, one set next to another and it was a bit tight, but pretty enough place for running.
I ran A2 with both dogs – it was Mon’s debut in class 2. Courses were quite difficult in my impression, sometimes I just couldn’t keep up. Of course, I’m a hopeless runner and if I could run faster, we would do better. Sure, I could blame my dogs (especially Mon) for being too fast for me, but you all know it’s not the way.
Libra was just great, as always. Both days she had clean runs in A2. On saturday she had 5th time, so the exam didn’t count. Sunday exam she ran with 2nd time, so it’s her 2nd passed exam in A2 so far. Jumping wasn’t so lucky for her. First day there were 6 tunnels to go, but Libra is not really tunnel-loving-border-collie and we got mistake on fifth. I guess she found it ridiculous to run so many tunnels, and twice two in line was to much for her. On sunday J2 I failed with two triple serpentines, but Li was totally great.
Mon was fast and loud. I just can’t concentrate when he barks in my face, so our runs were disastrous. We got 3x dis and on sunday exam I managed to control my nerves and lead him despite the barking – we had mistakes anyway. I can’t blame him – he listened perfectly as he has in habit, but when he competes without regular trainig, he barks – and that drives me mad – that’s the problem. There’s no other solution than to practice more.