• Amused
  • Angry
  • Annoyed
  • Awesome
  • Bemused
  • Cool
  • Crazy
  • Crying
  • Drunk
  • Geeky
  • Grumpy
  • Happy
  • Hungry
  • Innocent
  • Sad
  • Secret
  • Shy
  • Tired
  • Results 1 to 9 of 9
    1. #1
      Senior Dog
      Labradorks's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 2014
      Location
      USA
      Posts
      3,849
      Thanked: 2348

      Agility Debut & New Title!

      Linus and I had our agility debut this weekend. After casually taking agility classes over the past 18 months, I found myself getting a bit more into it. I never really thought Linus would be competitive, and don't get me wrong, he's not going to be going to the NAC and competing against well-handled border collies, but he's a great dog and what he lacks in speed, he makes up for in focus and teamwork. It doesn't matter how fast your dog is; if he can't get the weaves, drops bars or gets sucked into tunnels, they aren't gonna be in the ribbons! Not that he is a slug. For our first trial, he ran Jumpers with Weaves (JWW) over 4 yards per second and Standard closer to 3 yards per second, but that has more to do with making him stick his contacts and his table at our first trial than anything else. We also had more errors in Standard, which takes time, and that's on me (my handling).

      We QQ'ed on Friday with two 100/100 scores. Our first run, JWW, felt disconnected because I was so focused on remembering the course. I threw in a rear cross one jump early but Linus saved my butt. Our Standard run also felt disconnected and there were some mistakes for a score of 90/100. Blue ribbons in both classes though. Saturday was much better for me as I felt like I was connected with my dog. I made a rookie mistake in Standard and earned a 2nd but our JWW run was perfect and fast and we won on time. Another QQ day. Sunday I decided to do something different in my JWW run because it didn't count since it was the same judge as Friday and Saturday. I was NQed, but it was still fun! We won our Sunday Standard class for our title. That was a really nice run with just one fault when I did a rear cross over the broad jump. As it turns out, you have to specifically train a rear cross over the broad jump! That is definitely on our list of things to do.

      I was really really happy with Linus. He was focused and consistent all weekend, despite very long days doing something new. He's my stressy guy -- our issue in Obedience trialing -- so I wasn't sure how he'd do and was prepared to pull him if needed, because three 10-hour days in that environment can be a lot, especially all the sitting around between runs. Every run, even the one yesterday as last dog in the ring, he gave me 110% with a waggy tail, bright eyes and a great attitude. He is such a fantastic team mate. He garnered a lot of attention from judges and competitors as such a wonderful, happy, good dog. And, he was scouted at the trial for a photo shoot for a national outdoorsy magazine. They were on the search for a yellow conformation bred Labrador who is athletic and in good shape, and photographed well. I don't have the details yet, and these things have a way of falling through, so just to be approached and scheduled for the shoot in early April, makes me very proud of my versatile boy.

      -ribbons-jpg


      -tire-jpg


      -tunnel-jpg


      -jump-3-jpg

    2. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Labradorks For This Useful Post:

      Jen5200 (03-31-2019), kimbersmom (03-18-2019), smartrock (03-18-2019), Snowshoe (03-19-2019)

    3. #2
      Senior Dog
      Labradorks's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 2014
      Location
      USA
      Posts
      3,849
      Thanked: 2348
      -jump-1-jpg


      -jump-2-jpg

    4. The Following User Says Thank You to Labradorks For This Useful Post:

      Jen5200 (03-31-2019)

    5. #3
      Senior Dog
      Annette47's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2014
      Location
      Central NJ
      Posts
      2,412
      Thanked: 2127
      Congratulations! And nice pictures, too!
      Annette

      HIT Cookie (Jamrah’s Legally Blonde, CD, BN) 6/4/2015
      Sassy (Jamrah’s Blonde Ambition, CD, BN) 6/4/2015

      Chloe (OTCH HIT HC Windsong’s Femme Fatale, UDX4, OM6, VER, RN) 6/7/2009


      Remembering:
      Scully (Coventry's Truth Is Out There, UD, RN) 4/4/1996 - 6/30/2011
      Our foster Jolie (UCh Windsong’s Genuine Risk, CDX, WC) 5/26/1999 - 3/2/2014
      and Mulder (Coventry’s I Want to Believe, UD, VER, WC, RN) 5/26/1999 - 4/20/2015

      Hidden Content

    6. The Following User Says Thank You to Annette47 For This Useful Post:

      Labradorks (03-18-2019)

    7. #4
      Moderator
      barry581's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2014
      Location
      Dover
      Posts
      6,338
      Thanked: 5803
      Well done!

    8. The Following User Says Thank You to barry581 For This Useful Post:

      Labradorks (03-18-2019)

    9. #5
      Senior Dog
      Labradorks's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 2014
      Location
      USA
      Posts
      3,849
      Thanked: 2348
      Quote Originally Posted by Annette47 View Post
      Congratulations! And nice pictures, too!
      Thanks! I should have mentioned that all but the ribbon photo was taken by Joe Camp, trial photographer.

    10. #6
      Senior Dog
      Tanya's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2014
      Location
      Eastern Ontario Canada
      Posts
      3,175
      Thanked: 1875
      congrats! wow

    11. The Following User Says Thank You to Tanya For This Useful Post:

      Labradorks (03-18-2019)

    12. #7
      Senior Dog
      kimbersmom's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2014
      Location
      Williamsburg, Virginia
      Posts
      2,106
      Thanked: 2275
      And most importantly- looks like he’s having fun!
      Stormageddon, Princess of Darkness, aka "Stormy"
      Birthday 9-13-18, Gotcha Day 11-11-18
      Hidden Content

      Miss Kimber, CGC, 6/15/2005-1/27/2018 forever in our hearts



    13. The Following User Says Thank You to kimbersmom For This Useful Post:

      Labradorks (03-19-2019)

    14. #8
      Senior Dog
      Jollymolly's Avatar
      Join Date
      Nov 2014
      Location
      Texas
      Posts
      4,552
      Thanked: 2371
      Congrats he looks awesome what a blast

    15. The Following User Says Thank You to Jollymolly For This Useful Post:

      Labradorks (03-19-2019)

    16. #9
      Senior Dog
      Snowshoe's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2014
      Location
      Canada
      Posts
      6,925
      Thanked: 4049
      Very well done, congratulations. Be sure to keep us up to date with that future photo date.
      Hidden Content

      Oh boy. A stick in the SNOW! Hidden Content

    17. The Following User Says Thank You to Snowshoe For This Useful Post:

      Labradorks (03-19-2019)

    Quick Reply Quick Reply

     



    Not a Member of the Labrador Retriever Chat Forums Yet?
    Register for Free and Share Your Labrador Retriever Photos

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •