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Old 07-11-2014, 06:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is one of my all time favorite videos. Probably because I've a husky and I know how silly they can be. It's a husky going nuts in an agility trial. Bare with the music and the beginning because through the middle, when the husky jumps all over the place, it's freaking hilarious!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lyO8EVzhVU

I've never competed in anything with a dog so it made me wonder.

When you're competing for a title or length/height in dock diving, or simply a CGC, does a dog feel the seriousness of it? Does the dog know he has to do his/her best this time? Or does the dog think it's simply another training day?
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Depends on the dog. Some dogs get trial smart. We had one like this at the club. Perfect during training, but got savvy to trial time so he would take off on a jolly run all around the field at the trial because he knew he was off leash and could as he pleased
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Depends on the dog. Some dogs get trial smart. We had one like this at the club. Perfect during training, but got savvy to trial time so he would take off on a jolly run all around the field at the trial because he knew he was off leash and could as he pleased
I was thinking the opposite would happen? That the dog would work harder?
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Sure some do, but just speaking from experience, it's a bigger nuisance when they get smart and goof off.
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Sure some do, but just speaking from experience, it's a bigger nuisance when they get smart and goof off.
Heh. I think it's funny.

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Omg that was great! I laughed hard enough that my dogs had to check me out in case something was wrong with me lol.
I think dogs more so feel the owners stress about trials. You've trained hard, paid good money and want to do well. With agility many dogs go crazy like that husky (although I've never seen a dog launch over the chute like that before lol), especially when they are new to trialing. However most dogs get plenty of practice time off leash on equipment prior to trialing, so it's not just the trial. They just like to have fun!
In obedience you are not allowed to correct in the ring/repeat commands and some dogs learn this. They feel their owners stress and 'slack off' as they know they won't be corrected for misbehaviour. But I personally feel it usually has more to do with the owners nerves than anything.
My own dogs will get a little silly in agility if it's the first trial of the season. They've never gone off course but I have to watch them the first few obstacles as they just want to go go go! If I don't give my information early and clearly enough I could definitely see them making their own course.
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Omg that was great! I laughed hard enough that my dogs had to check me out in case something was wrong with me lol.
I think dogs more so feel the owners stress about trials. You've trained hard, paid good money and want to do well. With agility many dogs go crazy like that husky (although I've never seen a dog launch over the chute like that before lol), especially when they are new to trialing. However most dogs get plenty of practice time off leash on equipment prior to trialing, so it's not just the trial. They just like to have fun!
True...that's not a laughing matter I guess.

I'm glad someone enjoyed that video as much as I do! Happy to have made someone laugh today! C:
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You responded so fast. I somehow posted my reply while I was typing it. Went back to edit it and when I posted it fully, you had already replied lol.
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That video made me laugh so hard I cried!

Rusty & I were doing a rally course and he slipped off to lick some kids ice cream cone on the sidelines
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