Saturday No Nonscents participated in the Childrens Festival. Our dogs did great and had no problem with the huge crowds and all the noise. We are very proud of how well they did.
Sunday we had a regularly scheduled practice- this time with a twist though!
We invited some flyball people down to provide much needed distraction with a second lane. And boy, did they do a good job of that!!! Our dogs lost their heads with the loud flyball dogs running next to them. Every one of them had issues.
Some were afraid of the screaming dogs, Some wanted to chase them, and others wanted to put them out of their misery. Oi.
We have lots of work to do. Thankfully the flyball people thought it was great, and we are going to set up another practice with them.
The last hour was spent with the Newbie dogs. We have lots of newer dogs that are in various learning stages and we are working hard to get them up to speed.
We rotated through three stations: Jumping, Discrimination, Box Work.
We also officially welcomed Sarah and Gyp to the team! CKC has recently allowed Border Collies to get PEN numbers so we are pretty pumped to have Gyp on the team. She is partly trained already so she should catch on in no time!
we couldn't decide who was more excited to join- sarah or gyp!
We had a great time, and our dogs raced their hearts out.
It was a very long night- we got back to our hotel at 11:45!!!! But it was so worth it, (well, at least I think so...)
We started out pretty rough, the dogs didn't really understand what we wanted them to do and we had quite a few blips. Running into the other lane, going to visit, dropping dumbbells, bringing back the wrong ones, or sometimes not at all. :) But as the night went on we got better. The dogs found their rhythm and we even won some races.
I am so proud of each person/dog on the team. Thank you all for having patience with me, and for doing such a great job.
We have lots of things to work on, and I've got some new ideas as to how to fix some problems, so we will be kept busy until the next race!