SoloRiver Posted October 29, 2007 Report Share Posted October 29, 2007 Well, so Fly and I moved up to Open this weekend. In two runs, Fly found her sheep a total of zero times. There's nothing like doing the walk of shame twice in one weekend. Yeah yeah, I know, it's happened to everyone and all that, but it's still not that much fun being the "there but for the grace of God" team at one trial, much less two in a row. The good thing is that this weekend made it clear to me that while I was worrying so much about Fly's close work, practicing what I thought we'd need for the shed, I managed to let her outrun go totally to hell. This is a classically good outrunning dog, or at least she used to be (in the past she's done these distances over weird terrain with no trouble), so I think I can fix it. She's never been terrific at looking for sheep, but I'm sure there are things we can do to fix this as well that I obviously haven't been doing. Open certainly is a different can of worms than the novice classes are. I knew that going in, but it's really different when you actually hit that wall, especially after kinda getting used to being the best swimmers in the kiddie pool. (We have won and placed in our share of novice classes. At one trial, I even won the "Most Promising Young Handler" award. Perhaps I should have the crook they gave me repainted to say, "Most Disappointing Formerly Promising Young[ish] Handler.") The most fun part is feeling like, not only did we wreck, but we wasted everyone's time. I felt like I should apologize to the judge, to the setout people, to everyone who had to witness it... in novice classes you expect wrecks. In Open, you're supposed to know what you're doing. I guess it could have been worse. Fly could have taken a sheep down and started eating it. Except that she would never do that. (Then again, I never thought she'd have trouble finding her sheep either.) Yeah, killing and eating one probably would have been worse. Then again, if she managed to do that it would mean she at least found them. I'm gonna go hug my dogs and mope now. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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