Woo hoo! It's 2 blues!
Ziggy did a very nice job today at his first-ever agility trial. He qualified in both Standard and Jumpers, and took first place in both classes -- what a way to start an agility career!
I took Taryn's advice, and had a friend video both of Z's "inaugural" runs.
Here's our first run - Novice Standard 8" Preferred. We were the only dog in our class, and the second dog in the ring. Ziggy was doing quite a lot of looking around (why is this strange man following me? why are these people standing by the dog walk?), causing him to be even slower than usual (and that's saying something).
For those of you who enjoy a bit of Cardi-induced humor, hang on until the last jump. The woman who is straightening the chute decides to straighten it before we've finished the last jump. Ziggy was not a pleased.
We ended the Standard run just under 1 second over course time, with one refusal for 95 points.
Next was Novice Jumpers 8" Preferred. I was pleased with Z's performance, particularly since his Standard run ended on a less-than-stellar note. His one refusal was the jump that the bar setter who "ran after him" in the previous class was sitting by. Putting myself between this suspect character and Ziggy seemed to do the trick. We ended just over one second over course time, with one refusal for 94 points. The other dog in the class NQ'd (failed to qualify thanks to more than one wrong course), so we ended up in first place again!
For those of you who are still awake after watching our Standard run, here's Jumpers:
Other highlights from today include:
- Ziggy ruining yet another soft crate in an attempt to escape. Mild-mannered Ziggy is the only dog I've had that can escape from a crate if it's not all the way "locked down," or tear his way out if it is, but it's a soft crate. Guess I'll get to lug the wire crate around from now on. ugh.
- Rip barking furiously at a pair of Samoyeds. What ARE those things!?! Rip never did calm down about the Samy's - I had to move him away so they were out of sight. Guess I need to socialize him better with white, fluffy dogs?
- A friend (who knows both Z and Rip) commenting to me after Ziggy's run, "It's going to be a LOT different for you to run Rip in agility." Yes indeed it is.