Becca and I both survived our first rally trial. We just barely qualified with a 73. She was much more interested in the floor than me.I lost many points for tight leash and luring.

I got there early to let her acclimate and to be sure to get crate space. I think It worked against me. She was pretty fried before it was our turn. There were some reactive barking dogs there and she got stressed whenever one of them started. There was one in the row of crates behind us.

We are entered again tomorrow. I left my crate, so I plan to go much closer to my class time. I hope that we are both less stressed tomorrow. Right now she is sleeping and I wish I was.

Oh how I wish you could take bait into the ring.

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Comment by Marcie on April 13, 2013 at 8:12pm

Thanks for your support. I am hopeful that things will go better tomorrow. Neither of us enjoyed ourselves today. I'll see how tomorrow goes.  I feel bad that she didn't enjoy herself today. The trial I plan on entering next month is a much larger show and is outside.How many times should I try before I decide whether or not to continue?

Comment by Bev Levy on April 13, 2013 at 5:32pm

Don't be unhappy with qualifing, that in by its self is great for the first time. There are so many distractions that you are lucky she didn't just take off to check things out!

Comment by Jane Christensen on April 13, 2013 at 4:58pm

You made it....things should get better:) Congrats!

Comment by Ludi on April 13, 2013 at 4:19pm

Sorry to hear that. Lady got completely fried when I let her get 'acclimated' with her surroundings before a shepherding lesson. I took my teachers' advice to heart - kept her in the car, quiet, where she couldn't see what was going on. She did a heck of a lot better when I gave her 15 minutes of peace and quiet in there. It is a LOT to take in for a dog new to trial surroundings!

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