Sunday, August 29, 2010

But for one length of a papillon

No Q today, but Bo worked even better. Very sharp, attentive, and precise. A little bit of anticipation and trouble going to heel, but pretty minimal. The NQ was he went forward more than a body length on the sit signal. Everything else was nice. The go outs, he went straight out then off to the right. The first jump was high on the left. I looked over at it, then gave him the signal and command and to my everlasting delight he ran sideways across that ring to do the correct jump!!!!

Overall I was very pleased with how he was working and I think he is starting to settle in and get a bit more comfortable. as before, need to work signals and go outs!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

No Q, but some lovely work

On Saturday's Oriole trial, Bo was the first dog in the ring, promptly at 8AM. Many of the Utility A entries had not arrived. Bo and I got there about 7, so we had time to warm up and get a couple good walks in.

Bo did not Q, but he worked so beautifully -- attentive, keen, precise, and flashy. And he went to heel every time without the excessive nerves that sometimes plague us. We NQed on the down signal (I think it was because I smiled as he got to half-mast, so the poor thing held that uncomfortable position for about 30 seconds!!!). The go outs were weak and he ended up forward and way to the right (by the bar jump). judge gave bar first, but on the second one, Bo ignored my signal to run all the way across the ring to take the high jump.

To work on: signals, go outs, and jumping from unlikely positions.

But overall, he worked very beautifully and I was quite happy and proud.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Brags for Bo and for Tip!

Bo's Brag: 2 UD legs in 2 weekends of showing! First leg at the New England Toy cluster, he got a default first place (only Q in Utility A!). But at the Shelty trial he placed fourth of 7 qualifiers! But as we've been gone for a week and he's been at his breeder's (camp papillon) for over a week, we're not sure how things will go at Oriole. I feel doubtful...

Tip's Brag: At the Canfield show's supported entry, Tip came home with his 2 majors! He earned Reserve Winner's Dog the first day, then swept Winner's Dog and Best of Winner's the next 2 days! He only needs 3 more points to finish.