Friday, June 17, 2011

Week 1 Weave Pole Challenge

Twister has finished week 1 of the Weave Pole Challenge! Yup, my dog is awesome.  lol
For more info on the weave pole challenge click here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Weave Challenge

So a few weeks ago Twister learned how to weave and has been consistently weaving six poles. This is pretty much my first time training a dog to weave, as Mani learned to weave in 7min. But it took Twister about a month to finally get it down.
Same with the teeter, Twister learned an AWESOME teeter performance in 4 months; Mani got a mediocre teeter performance in the 5min obstacle familiarization before our first trial.

So this has been a big learning process for me. Here is a video of Twister weaving six in line poles for the first time.

Since then we have been working and I really want to get him to have really nice independent weaves. So then I read this blog post by bordergirlsmom of Agility Adventures Blog and I am going to do this weave challenge and post videos and updates here. Here is another link to some updates by her and other people doing the weave challenge!

I am writing this post before I can change my mind and quite! I tried to do some of the challenges yesterday; Mani was great, just perfect. For some reason Twister was being EVIL!! I mean, besides being his usually monstrous banshee self, he was being EXTRA EVIL!!

I am going to give it a try everyday this week, and hopefully get a video out this Friday!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Update . . . as promised! (A little late though)

Sooo, let’s see. Where to start?

Well after the Papillon Specialty I went to a 4-day breed/obedience/rally show in West Virginia. I was showing Twister and Mani was entered in Rally.

Rally Update:


Mani on the first day of the show Q’d and placed 1st with a score of 99/100. Finishing his RN title, and also getting High In Trial Score for that day! Woohoo!

Twister also Q’d and placed 3rd. He was a funny guy and I barely traian him in obedience, so he does the bare minimum. Haha


Mani was in Advanced A this time and the course is done off lead. I was so unprepared for it. We were spectacular, but I think I messed up three of the stations and at the jump he thought it was agility time and was about to run around the ring taking the jump again. It was funny to see him get so excited over the jump and then me have to call him back into a heel. :( But he Q’d and got his first leg in Adv A towards his RA title. :)

Twister was great and Q’d with a 2’d placement! He was quite the little gentlemen too. He finished his RN title that day!

I did not enter any more days of rally, but we accomplished what I wanted and more!


2 new titles

High In Trial

Recognition for small dog obedience training!! lol


I showed Twister in conformation all four days. We did great 3 out of 4 days. But we did not get any points as there was a Multi Ch there trying to finish his AKC Ch. He is a Brazilian and Canadian Champ. So he won all days. But Twister got Reserve Winners 2 days! Which is pretty cool!


A few weeks later, Mani and I competed in an agility trial. Video in the post below.

It was great; we were running so well and connected together. It was just really hot and muggy but he was able to work through it. I really with I could have gotten a video of our FAST run. It was spectacular.

The maximum points you can get is 80, and you have 38 seconds to get your points.

I wasn’t sure if we could get all of the point in time, and I am usually really bad at finding an efficient path for my dog to get the maximum amount of points in the time allotted.

I usually don’t play FAST but I wanted to get his NF title, so we did it

We got 77pts and were 10sec under time!

It was really cool! I did a serpentine with a tire and two jump in the very beginning and everyone who saw me walking thought I was crazed! My plan would only work well if Mani was going to run fast and I didn’t know if he was going to be speedy or not. But I tried it anyway and we did a great job. So many people came up to us after that, to tell us how great a run it was and how wonderful Mani is. He got two more offers for breeding and three more people tried to steal him. LOL

Since then we have been to two conformation show, and only one has offered rally.

Twister and Mia were ented in breed, did not do well excepet one day each they show spectacularly well.

Mani was entered in rally this past weekend, both days.

On Saturday he Q’d with a 99/100 and 1st place! On Sunday though, I had almost missed walking, only walked it once, then we were the first dog, and I was rushing because I only had a few minutes before I had to show Twister in the breed ring! Not a great combination of events!

I rushed Mani and did not wait for him to sit at one of the stations. But he still got a Qualifying score and finished his RA title!!

The one thing I HATE is when people (strangers) feel the need to come up to me and tell me (in detail) everything that I did wrong! I will be polite, but in the back of my mind and I am silently screaming and pulling my hair out!!! At least 7 people, including the judge, came to me and told me what I did wrong and why I got a low score and no placement. As if just because we got a near perfect score the day before we HAVE to do it again the next day! That has NEVER happened to me! But we still had fun over all!!

Next week I have another show with Twister and Mia, Mani is not entered in rally but the Fluff Muffin will be coming along, per a demand by a friend’s sister!!


And of course PICTURES!!!