Anatomy of a training trial - Intermediate - DSO 2007

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Postby mnp13 » August 29th, 2007, 4:41 pm

And by popular demand... here is the intermediate!

We start off with the day's decoy team
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like beginner, you can have a prong collar on your dog for a 5 point deduction. You can also have
a pull tab on the prong. You can't have a regular leash on the dog though, but you can have it with you
incase you need to switch to training mode.

The convicts are ready and waiting
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Again, we start in jail, with our dog loose next to us
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Position doesn't matter, though you get extra points for good handling. Starting
off with your back to the decoy keeps your dog from bolting out when the decoy opens
the cell and runs away.
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now, we head to the wall, time to go under again!
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after your breather next to the shed, you head to the ginormous a frame again. It's a little
higher this time around.
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Put your dog in a stay and go over
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sometimes the people stayed while the dog went over
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put your dog in a stay again and get yourself to the other side
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check in with the shooter
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done with that!
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on to the shooting range, which is twice as long this time around! It turns out that
all the misses in Beginner were on purpose... no such luck in intermediate!
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RUN!!!
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Use whatever you can to protect yourself
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Near miss!
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Sometimes a good idea
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backfires
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Safe on the other side
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Now, on to deal with the razor wire
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under we go!
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safe!
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team work gets you through
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don't forget the all-important black box
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the PERSON gets the black box!
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ok fine, the person carries both
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back to jail to exchange your box (or not) and then head to protection.

Our fist exercise is the defense of handler. You put your dog in the car, and then go to the back
to "pump gas"
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A stranger approaches and talks to you
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sometimes the strangers are...
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strange
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Then again, sometimes the handler is even more strange
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And then.. he attacks!
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Your dog comes to save you
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Tell that bad guy to freeze, out your dog and go get him
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Now, on to "Air conditioning." You are stuck in traffic, it's hot and your a/c is broken.
you put your dog in the back and roll your window down. A bad guy walks up to your car
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and reaches in to steal your bag out of the front seat!
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no luck this time
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some came out to get the bag
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the bad guy may have gotten it, but that doesn't mean he can keep it.
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back in the car we go
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the final exercise is defense of handler. you put your dog in a position of control and walk away.
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a decoy approaches
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and grabs you
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sometimes the unexpected happens
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your dog comes into the rescue!
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all done!
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Michelle

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Postby cheekymunkee » August 29th, 2007, 5:32 pm

Awesome shots!!! How many times did you have to carry Riggs?
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Postby TheRedQueen » August 29th, 2007, 5:33 pm

I said this before, but I'll say it again...that looks like so much fun! Xander wants to play! He loves tugging and running and jumping...oh wait, he can just do that in flyball and save me money. :D

Great pics and commentary, again! Love the ducking and running pics...made me giggle
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Postby mnp13 » August 29th, 2007, 5:39 pm

On August 29 2007, 17:32, cheekymunkee wrote:Awesome shots!!! How many times did you have to carry Riggs?


Just the once. He refused to give up the box, so I finally picked him up in one arm and the box in the other.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » August 29th, 2007, 6:01 pm

I love the guy wearing his cup on the outside! rofl
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Postby amazincc » August 29th, 2007, 7:08 pm

That looks like a great time... :giggle: @ you carrying Riggs and the black box...
Btw... what IS the black box for?
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Postby brooksybrooks1 » August 31st, 2007, 12:55 pm

Chris is the biggest ginger i've ever seen! he's that one red headed kid that DIDN'T get picked on for having red hair when he was little i bet! rumble is such a nice looking dog...
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Postby maberi » August 31st, 2007, 1:25 pm

Wow, great write up

That looks like a blast!!! I need to get my butt to one of these trials just to watch everything. I'm a bit jealous to say the least
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Postby Jenn » August 31st, 2007, 1:32 pm

Me too, it looks like it includes so many laughs along with everything else!
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Postby Marinepits » August 31st, 2007, 1:45 pm

Michelle -- I cannot get over how BIG Rigg's mouth is in that shot by the minivan! :shock:

Great write-up. :wink:
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Postby Jenn » August 31st, 2007, 1:50 pm

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I just seen the red dot :o was it a paint ball??

What's going on with the guy hiding behind the big guy? His idea to not get hit?
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Postby mnp13 » August 31st, 2007, 2:30 pm

yup, that dot is a paint ball. One of the pictures in Advanced has two paint balls in it.

Yes, Brad was trying to use the "spotter" as a human shield. Unfortunately, his dog had other ideas! The spotter was available to help you with the A-frame if you were uncomfortable with doing it or were worried about your dog falling. You could call the spotter without losing points. Everyone was quite confused when Brad started yelling "spotter" when he got to the corridor, but no one said he couldn't do it!

Cheryl has a rule at the DSO, don't ever say "Can I?" because the answer is "Yes." So you are allowed to be as creative as you want to get through the senarios.

I went first in Intermediate, so I didn't get the benefit of watching other competitors to steal ideas. Some people left the back door of the car open for the "pumping gas" senario so the dog came right out, no problem. I didn't think of that, so it took Riggs a while to get to me because he was in the back of the car barking through the window. I had to push the decoy backwards along the side of the car so that Riggs moved through the car and then used the open window.
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