Yesterday, Teddy was entered in his very first agility competition. I wasn't going to enter him in any competitions this fall but recently one of the trial hosts decided not to do any indoor trials until things improved with COVID so when I saw this Jumpers trial hosted by the Ottawa Valley Border Collie Club I decided to give it a go.
I hadn't been to this agility venue, Dogz, for quite some time. I looked up the directions on my tablet and it said it was about a 50 minute drive (it probably is in traffic) so I planned to leave at 7 am. When I put the address in my car's GPS on Saturday morning, it gave me an estimated time of only about 30 minutes. Needless to say I was the first one there and had lots of time to set up and walk the dogs. It was a glorious day for agility, cool but not cold with just a light breeze.
|Our morning view|
|Starter Jumpers 1|
Teddy isn't the fastest Sheltie out there but it seems like he'll be a steady agility partner, like Tucker, he'll probably rack up the qualifying scores once he can run as a Veteran dog.
|Starter Jumpers 2|
The second run was much smoother for us. I got in all the crosses I had planned unlike in the first run. Teddy ran in one more event, the Steeplechase. He's only seen the A-frame in class once so I wasn't sure what he'd do. He did it alright but he stopped in the yellow, when I asked him to target he jumped off then got right back on again so we were eliminated. He did do all 12 of the the weaves though and didn't knock a single bar.
With the two Starter Q's (qualifying scores) in Jumpers, Teddy now moves to Advanced in that event. So with good weather, a chance to see friends and play some agility; I'd say that all in all it was a pretty good day.