|Bo and Tip with their satin haul from the Belgian agility trial (September 2012)|
I realized the command "wait" on the start line actually means "jump up and down and bark madly". Funny what you unintentionally teach your dog. In all other instances wait actually means ... quietly hold position until I tell you otherwise. But I put Bo into a down and a stay and he ... held his down until released. I even did lead-outs!
Then there was little Tip. He didn't Q in T2B, simply because he cannot do 12 weave poles in trial setting yet. But he gained confidence all weekend. I flubbed up our final run, because otherwise he would have finished his NA title. However, despite my handling blunder it was a great run -- lots of energy and a fair bit of speed, and quite a bit of assurance. Once we have those weave poles down, I think he will be meeting up with Bo in Excellent quite soon. And I fear he will be quite consistent (unlike Bo who is so very brilliant).
Bo = Ferrari (Italian, flashy, fast, breaks down, but everyone wants one the second they see it!)
Tip = Audi (German, machine-like, well engineered, reliable, very functional)