Saturday, September 3, 2011

August 2011- A Month In Review

As August draws to a close so does my crazy work schedule. Next weekend kicks off our fall trialing season with a 3 day trial in Chatham, VA with Selina, Mani, and Twister. After two months off trialing Lilly I am beyond excited to get back in the ring with her and show off our progress.

Knight-man's teeter is looking mighty fine! I'm rather proud of how it's turned out so far. He picked up on what I was asking for so quickly, he's now confidently running all the way to the end of the board and riding it down. One contact obstical down, two more to go! His jumping is slowly improving too! He's getting much better with understanding the difference between a single jump and the double, along with totally owning the broad jump. 

This month Lilly has really just blown me away. She was the only dog out of 4 to run the WTT course that Abby and set up cleanly. In an outdoor ring that she had never set foot in before while keeping a nice snappy pace. She's such a super star, I can't express how lucky I am to have her in my life. 

The biggest thing that I'll be focusing on this fall is my handling. When I feel out of sync with Lilly or Knight I have the tendency to start flailing about. It's a horrible habit that needs to stop. Lack of useful communication and my flailing about is what has cost Lilly and I a handful of standard Qs this past spring/summer. Lil knows her stuff and is more than willing to actually run for me at trials, now I just need to pull my act together and stop handling like an idiot in standard and we'll be golden.