I can get a bit lazy handling my own dogs- especially after such a long hiatus like we took ! :o) It’s not that we don’t do okay- we just don’t do our best. I was looking forward to this seminar to whip my handling back into shape. It did that and more ! Was the eye opener that I was needing.
Sometimes I still think of Zae as my young, lackadaisical dog who would trot and go around barless jumps. He isn’t. I’ve put so much work into him and the progress he’s made has been unbelievable ! Working with Nancy helped me realize that I need to be a better teammate for Zae as the dog he is now so we can continue to grow as a team. ❤️
Private lessons are now available at my field in Medford. If there is enough interest, I’ll also run a weekly class. See Training and Contact Me. 😊
Zae and I will travel to Germany this August to compete at the Berger Agility Sommer Event in Borkin, DE and then the travel to England by caravan for the next weekend at the Kennel Clubs International Agility Festival. B.A.S.E. is an international all pyrshep competition. Many of Zae’s relatives will be there along with tons of other amazing pyrsheps! I am looking forward to seeing friends old and new. 🙂 KC Fest is a huge four day event outdoors.
Recently we had competed outdoors one day and there was a chance it could rain. Everyone was hoping the weather held off while I was secretely hoping that it rained for practice for Zae. :o) He had only competed outdoors once before many months ago so and much to my approval it did rain for our first run in the morning quite steadily. The surface was safe just a wet hazey rainy morning. Zae was completely unphased and ran great. Good dog. Sometimes he’s just too easy and perfect in his own way. That being said, little princess Mayhem who does NOT like the rain actually did run (I completely expected nothing out of him…but you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take right, ha!) and Q’d!
I am looking forward to traveling, spending some extra time and going on extra adventures with my little skipskap. Regardless of how he may or may not do at any of these competitions the trip will be a wonderful time. At B.A.S.E. we are going for the fun and novelty of it (and cool that we are coming from the USA for it as I’m sure not many are) but I do not expect anything out of Zae’s level at the event. He is a young dog and has come a long way and I look forward to continuing to grow as a team with him over time. What is most important are the little beautiful moments…they are building blocks. And KC Fest is just a bonus for fun. My intentions are to just have fun and take it all in stride with Zae. It will be good practice and a fun first ‘international’ or large event for him. I am thinking of it as a like a training boot camp and not as a competition. See what skills we do have, see where we can improve and train better.
As for now we are mostly on an agility break. Mayhem recently earned QQ #10 putting him halfway to his championship!! And Zae passed the CGC test (a temperament test). I really do adore these PyrWild doggies. 🙂
(also, I gotta say my entry fee for KC fest 12 runs could maybe get me 3 runs in the USA :o) sooo lucky over there! ha)