Monday, November 11, 2013

Keltic's First Trial

Well Keltic and I had fun at his first agility trial.  He didn't get any Q's but he did do 12 weaves for the first time in a trial scenario, ran quite well only going off to visit once and actually did the gamble even though he went underneath the tire.

We entered in four events, a Jumpers, two Standards and one Gamblers.  First up was the Jumpers, the tire was the second obstacle so without having much speed I knew he would have difficulty with it. We had the same issue early in the summer but I thought we had worked our way through it. I guess we have some more work to do; I'll have to get the tire out of the shed before we have too much snow.

Next up was a Standard. He was a bit put off by the teeter noise, all of the teeters that he has been on have been outdoors where there's not as much noise.  You can see his hesitation on the dog walk but good man he didn't bail. Also impressed that he did 12 weaves as he's really only been consistent with 6 weaves. 

Next run was another Standard. This time I made him do the tire and hoped that he would then do it in the Gamble.  I was happy that he got right back on the teeter and that he was much more confident on the dog walk.  

Our last run was a Gamblers. I didn't think he would do the mini as we haven't done much training on sending away. The main Gamblers, I also thought he would come back into me before doing obstacle 3. He surprised me by heading straight for the third obstacle. I didn't even have time to think about bringing him around to do the tire; so much for making him do the tire in Standard 2 . But better that he gets rewarded for working away.  I was very happy about his opening, 37 points is very good.

I think he was a happy boy in the ring and that's the best attribute to work with to improve his agility skills.

Keltic with his first ribbon
We only took the one ribbon from his first ever event, the Starter Jumpers. There will be more special ribbons in the future I'm sure.


  1. These videos are precious. What a fun boy, and he clearly was having a good time. Loved when he stopped to sniff the cone when he got on the table.

    He did awesome!

  2. Sounds like a great first performance! Congrats!

  3. Well congratulations on the ribbon and onwards and upwards we say. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. Great weaves!!

    Isn't the new table rule great? :D

    A very promising and fun start in the trial ring with your little fella!

  5. Well done Keltic! You must be so proud, those videos looked amazing! Keltic looked so fast, it's just a shame he ran under the tyre in the first one!
    Let me know when you get the parcel, I'm sorry it seems to be taking it's time.
    Pippa :)

    1. He ran under the tire in every run. We brought our tire in from the shed today and took it down to the basement so he can practice. I'm sure the parcel will be here soon.


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