Madison participated in her first AKC Agility trial last weekend. Mom signed up for all three days, and in the end it was tiring, but a good thing. As always, things did not run as planned. Madison got on the teeter and did that, but she didn’t understand her weaves.
The trial was on On The Run about 45 minutes from out house. It is a really nice facility, but boy is there a lot going on at all times!
Madison did really well, working super hard, staying on course, learning to work in a new place, but could not do her weaves. She loves weaves, but for some reason, she acted as though she had never seen weaves before. Mom took her to our dog school Friday night to practice, and Saturday night she put poles out in our yard. Madison really struggled in the backyard, just like at the trial.
Everyone told Mom it was trial nerves keeping Madison from doing weaves, but Mom knew it was not. Madison has trouble generalizing things. For her, weaves are weaves at her school, but elsewhere, she does not recognize them. After lots of practice in the yard Saturday night and Sunday morning, Madison finally got the concept on Sunday at the trial. The light bulb went on during her standard run, but because it took three tries, she timed out. On the final run of the trial, JWW (Jumpers with Weaves) Madison did it like a pro and qualified.
Both Mom and Madison were super tired after a full three days of agility. Madison still did her best to keep going, but she was pretty much out of gas. If you saw her earlier runs, you would see the difference. Mom didn’t care because she did her weaves perfectly, and qualified. In AKC Agility you need three “Q’s” to get a title. One down, two to go in Jumpers.
At the end, they had a photo taken with the judge since it is a special thing getting your first qualifying run in an AKC sport! They will be back competing in agility in October, and hopefully be able to get that “weaves in other places” concept.
I stayed home all weekend, Bailie went along on Friday and Sunday for moral support. Well, guess what? Just as she did in July, she somehow managed to finagle another massage. Does this girl know how to live the good life or what? My heavens! Madison was the one working all weekend and she got nothing! Stay tuned for more sports updates as the weekends go by. I think we have sports almost every weekend for the next two months with agility, nose work, AKC scent work, and barn hunt.