This is really more of a trial report than a recap of this week’s training, because to be honest, we didn’t do much training.
I know, I know. I’m a mess.
We tracked a little. It was decent. We need more reps.
We obedienced slightly more than a little. It was decent. We need more reps.
We didn’t do anything with protection. We badly need more reps.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my Schutzhund journey in a nutshell.
This past weekend was the PNW Regional Championship, hosted by the very capable Rose City WDA.
I missed watching tracking on Saturday, then kicked myself all day and annoyed the crap out of a few club members begging for score updates via text.
Sunday was stadium day, for which I made the ~3 hour drive up.
It was a lovely trial. Everyone was in good spirits, and all of the dogs worked well. A few bobbles here and there, of course, but a great showing all around and a tight race for the IPO3 podium. I got to spend the day catching up with all of my favorite people and cheering on some great dog/handler teams. I honestly can’t think of a better way to spend a day (besides training, obvs).
I was sad that Brody and I weren’t ready to contest the IPO1 title, but comfortable in the knowledge that I’d made the right decision for my dog. It would have been fun to trial, but on the other hand, I would have been too busy and nervous to properly enjoy the atmosphere of Regionals and the wonderful people I got to spend the day with.
So we will plan to trial in November. Our training director was hoping to keep that trial small, but I’ve told basically everyone about it now, so…hopefully I’m not in too much trouble. 😉
And, with some luck and a whole lot of work, maybe we’ll be able to contest the IPO3 at next year’s Regionals.
Hey, a girl’s gotta have dreams.