Our Big Agility Trial (the details!)

Two weekends ago (October 21-22), we competed at our second agility trial.  It was Evee and Bailey’s second time competing and Diesel and Kylie’s first!  We had a blast — our wonderful coach/instructor was there to give us guidance and support, a few of our agility friends were there to supply smiles and cheers, the facility was very nice, and the judge was awesome and very down-to-earth.  I am so very proud of all 4 dogs, as they all listened well, jumped high, ran hard, and most importantly, had fun!  And now for some details …

  • The baby dogs (Diesel & Kylie) made their agility debuts with speed and style.  Diesel was in the 12″ skilled division for the weekend and Kylie was in the 16″ skilled division for the weekend.  Both Diesel and Kylie qualified (the all-important agility Q) and took 1st place on their very first runs ever!  I am incredibly proud of how they successfully handled the stress and excitement of a new environment and were able to focus and run fast and clean!!
  • Bailey was in the 16″ skilled division for the weekend (yes, he was competing against his little sister!).  He may not be the most driven or the speediest of our dogs, but I’ll tell you one thing — he is Mr. Consistent.  Bailey did beautifully all weekend long, running confidently and running cleanly.  He had zero course faults and was within seconds of Q-ing on all but one run.  He also took 1st place in Jumpers with a great run (yes, he beat his little sister, along with the 4 other Aussies and 3 Border Collies in his division!!).  And while we play the game of agility in order to have fun with our dogs, we are hoping that Bailey will get his first Q at our next trial.
  • Evee was awesome!!!  That little 4″ veterans division almost 12-year-old white puffball of a dog was a hoot.  She took home all 1sts and 2nds and ran so quick on her last run that Justin said people were commenting on how she was “kicking up dirt”.  (I swear on that last run, she said to me, “You may think that those Aussies are your star agility dogs, and that I may technically be considered a senior citizen, but I’m telling you what, I can bring it!!” and she did!)  I have no idea how much longer Evee and I will be able to compete together, but as long as she’s having fun and still doing the Bichon blitz in between runs, we’ll keep at it!

All in all, it was an awesome trial and a fantastic experience for the entire pack.  We’re hoping to compete at our next trial in December and we’re looking forward to fun agility careers with these 4 crazy canines.  🙂

Whoa there, you two!! You can calm down about your ribbons (lol).

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About Kas

An occupational therapy graduate student, Virginia Tech alumna, positive-reinforcement trainer, and proud mum of 5 crazy canines.

Posted on November 1, 2011, in Agility, Bailey, Diesel, Evee, Kylie and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. Wahoo!!! And way to beat those BCs, Bailey! 🙂

  2. Chancy, Mumsy and Crew

    Congratulations to Diesel, Kylie, Bailey and Evee! Wow, just look at all those ribbons. Good job! Hugs and nose kisses

  3. They look so proud of their ribbons. Congratulations to all! Sounds like it was a fun time.

  4. I guess the older sister of the bunch is saying “that’s right! I can bring it!” Congratulations 🙂

  5. What a great story of how all four dogs did. What is amazing to me is how you keep them all straight (not the dog themselves, ha!), but the nuances of what they like, what they may do, what motivates them. Since they all did so well, that means you’re the Agility Queen, too! 🙂 I once talked to a friend about her having two dogs in the same trial and she talked about how challenging it was because both dogs were so different in the approach to agility. I love the way you described everyone’s strengths and successes. What a GREAT day for you and them. Loved this post!

    • Your comment means a lot to me, Robin! They definitely are different in their styles of learning and playing/performing in agility — I definitely have to adjust my approach and training/handling techniques for each one. It can be trying at times, but it’s fun and oh so rewarding. 🙂

  6. WAY TO GO MISS EVEE!!! I just LOVE that little spitfire of a dog! Congrats to both dogs, I’m so glad you all had a fun time. 😀

  7. Woohoo!!

    Well done to all of you!!! Play time in your garden must be fun with all of you whizzing around and bouncing over everything!! Maybe I should give this agility thing a try, I’m pretty bouncy! 🙂

    Have a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  8. Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun. Running 4 dogs must have kept you really busy 🙂

    • We definitely had fun! Fortunately, Justin runs Kylie and Bailey and I run Diesel and Evee, so it’s not too crazy running all 4 of them at one trial. Thankfully they are split up between height divisions so we have some breathing room. 🙂

  9. Woof! Woof! Golden CONGRATS! Happy Wednesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  10. Great job. I gotta say Bailey is owning those ribbons!

  11. Congrats! And I LOVE the ribbons!

  12. At the rate that your pack is collecting ribbons, I think you’ll have enough to customize each one a special outfit—I’m imagining Miss Evee making a fashion statement in a colourful hula skirt made out of her ribbons! And wouldn’t Bailey look dashing with his ribbons braided into a neck-warmer? Just in time for winter 😀

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