thanks lacey. yeah, this is the best trial i've been to. the trials around here are more like a SchH trial in that when you're doing OB, you're doing OB and nothing else. when you're doing the agility, you're doing the agility and nothing else. this trial combines various tasks in each event. take the area search. the timer started when you released your dog. it stopped when you're dog met you at the first base line. during that time, the dog has to bite and out, so if you have to go up and choke your dog off, obviously you're losing time. or take the tactical challenge course. multiple bite scenarios. all done off leash.WTG Tim! I like the scenario's - a little more "street like" then some of the things I've encountered in the national certs Congrats again!
as far as the heel, i KNOW that it is 100% my fault. EVERY dog i've had forges while heeling. 3 dogs is more than a coincidence. we didn't do anything to specifically prepare for this trial. no extra OB. no extra control work. the only thing i would say we did was a few extra runs on the obstacle course (which didn't come into play as it turned out). this is pretty much my dog in working condition.Tim, I liked the exercises. I think the dog did very well. Two things I particularly enjoyed seeing;
1. Although the heel was a bit loose, it was not that "stare at the handler" while walking. I know it's predominant in sports, but not on the street.
2. Out/heel, damn I like that. No bark and hold.
Overall, I think it was a very solid performance. Congratulations.
What I'd like to see in a trial though, when it comes to pure competition is a decoy that doesn't stop fighting when the dog is given out.
I thought his focus on you was great..... I know I already said this in a PM, but anyway: to me, it looked perfectly halfway between the two extremes of lack of attention to the handler and that SchH gaze (which I admit I like, but this is a PSD :lol: )..... back to the heeling...i do like some focus on the handler. not the locked in stare at the handler the entire time, but the dog should "check in" with the handler from time to time. the problem with a dog SO focused on the handler is the dog will have a harder time getting "radar lock" on the suspect. i'm sure that's what you're referring to.
no worries. i know what you meant.<<<<<i'm sure that's what you're referring to.>>>>
That's exactly what I referring too.
I wasn't being critical of your performance, you do understand that right?
It was just an observation on the heel. Which by the way, in my experience is fairly common.