Anatomy of a training trial - Beginner - DSO 2007

Weight pull, Protection, Agility, Flyball... you name it!

Postby mnp13 » August 28th, 2007, 5:15 pm

Well, 32 other dogs besides Connor competed in the beginner level at the DSO, so I'll include all of them as well.

This is a training trial, so you can have your dog on a prong or other training collar for a 5 point overall deduction. Harnesses are allowed.

the judges are nothing if not professional
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Our decoys got ready - there is no trial without decoys! We love our decoys!
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Into jail you go! Some of you may remember the pictures from last year. The jail is the same thing they used for the elevator last year.
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A "friendly" decoy opens your cell door
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and runs away. Of course, running decoy often means chasing dog, so you have to keep them next to you.
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Some people's dogs helped them dig under the wall
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Some people shoved some dirt out of the way, and used their dog for a power assist.
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Get behind the shed and take a breather. The decoy is hiding in there, so the dogs who remember that took a little convincing to pay attention.
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Now head to the ginormous A-frame. It was about 6 feet tall. You had to get your dog up to the platform first. It was easier for some
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than others
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When help is needed, help arrives
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You put your dog in a stay and climb up to the top
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then help your dog over to the other platform.
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Some dogs needed some help with this - this woman had driven out to purchase this dog on Friday, and was brave enough to compete with him the next day. Cheryl trained him, so helped out when needed.
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the dog waits on the other platform while you go over; some more patiently
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than others
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now, it's off to the shooting gallery...

he's shooting to "kill"
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sizing up the guard
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pick up a black box where ever you find one
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run!!!
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sometimes having a small dog is a distinct advantage
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now it's time to deal with the razor wire... and hula hoops (which many dogs don't like at all)
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after all that, you decide that jail is much safer, so you go back... but don't forget your black box!
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Then you play deal or no deal with
the mistress of ceremonies - you can keep what's in your box or trade her.
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Now, it's off to protection!

First, you are in the car, where someone approaches you and has a neutral conversation. Your dog
has to watch quietly.
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but when that guy gets mean,
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your dog better scare him away!
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some dogs made extra sure that the bad guy was gone!
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now, we head to the tie out.
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the cable is there as a safety measure, you have to be able to hold your dog while a bad guy approaches and threatens you.
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Some dogs didn't have quite the showy display of others, but they still wanted a "piece" of the action.
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The final exercise, after the dogs are nice and wound up is the friendly stranger who walks up to
you to talk.
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you put your dog in a position of control and step away from him to talk to the guy.
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then that big meany grabs you.
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and your dog takes him out
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Each dog gets the training that they need, sleeves, softer jackets, tugs or a slip
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*phew*! That was easy!!! NOT!
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Postby cheekymunkee » August 28th, 2007, 5:46 pm

Looks like so much fun!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » August 28th, 2007, 6:45 pm

That is so cool! My fave shot of you is of Riggs watching you as you scramble over the A-frame, and my fave of Demo is of him and Connor peeking out from behind the barrel. Too funny!

Who took the pics of you? And how did you guys do, overall?
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Postby amazincc » August 28th, 2007, 6:50 pm

That is too cool... great pics and great "commentary"!
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Postby mnp13 » August 28th, 2007, 8:14 pm

I came in 35th in beginner and last in intermediate. Demo and Connor were 20th in beginner.

Demo took the pictures of me.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » August 28th, 2007, 8:20 pm

What was different in the intermediate level?
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Postby Beth » August 28th, 2007, 8:25 pm

Wow! Those are some awesome pictures and great commentary.
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Postby dogged » August 29th, 2007, 7:36 am

Beautiful pics!

I love the JRTs!! :D
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Postby SisMorphine » August 29th, 2007, 7:47 am

The Russian bite suit is still alive?!
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Postby mnp13 » August 29th, 2007, 8:51 am

On August 29 2007, 07:47, SisMorphine wrote:The Russian bite suit is still alive?!


I'm pretty sure that's Cheryl's
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Postby TheRedQueen » August 29th, 2007, 9:39 am

That looks like so much fun! Great pics and commentary!
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Postby Jenn » August 29th, 2007, 9:51 am

Those are great, I love the little dogs, and the Schnauzer!
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Postby brooksybrooks1 » August 29th, 2007, 1:13 pm

oh my gosh, that looks like fun! great pictures, it seems like it's a lot of fun for the dogs, and even moreso for the handlers!
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