Saturday, March 19, 2011

Kenz's First Novice Obedience Pass

In only her second Novice trial and Kenz manages her first Novice pass. Score wasn't what she is capable of and didn't again reflect the quality of her work in comparison to some of the other dogs trialling in the class. Ah well a pass is a pass and we are in it for the long haul lets just hurry the hell out of Novice and get into the higher classes and put Novice well and truly behind us.

Her enthusiasm and attitude alone should stand her in much better stead then many others when we get to the higher classes. She is loving every minute in there and her focus is outstanding and that is the biggest killer in the higher classes from my experience with Ness. A little over the top enthusiastic heelwork while seems to be doing damage to my scores in Novice will only get better and more refined as we progress.

We now have 3 trials under our belt, 3 trials where Kenz has managed to work with strange judges and stewards and not really miss a beat. I was doubly impressed with my little girl last night because I was flustered and a little upset and had maybe 2 minutes get her ready for stays and she came through even despite this niggling shoulder injury she is carrying at present.

Fingers crossed for the next few trials so we can put novice behind us.

Well done again though Kenz - regardless of the scorecard your still my special little black and white midget and I know your giving me your all in the ring and thats all that matters.

ETA. A physio appointment the Monday following the trial confirmed I had one very sore little midget. Her right shoulder still had some major trigger points and her left shoulder some more superficial stuff from over compensating for the right. That kinda puts the score she got into a new light and totally blows me away with how well she worked and how she gave me everything she had despite the fact she was really badly sore. So sorry mate I wouldn't have trialled you if I had known - you were only giving me your all. Fingers crossed we can see the back of this injury soon as its driving us both insane.

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