|09-06-2013 04:56 PM|
Oh I HATE wasted perfect starts! My teammate got a few .002 at Nationals only to have another person early pass. Grrrr!
Nikon may have to be retired from all formal training and competition. If that's the case I'll hopefully be running Pepper again. I've ran her a few times, mostly because her owner currently has four dogs that run and she's on two teams (not a club that has multiple teams entered, but she belongs to two clubs which BOTH have multiple teams). I'm hoping I can "borrow" Pepper until Indy is ready. Pepper is pretty easy as long as you catch her right away (pretend to put food on the lane). Otherwise she goes for some victory laps! We also have Ping the BC that anyone can run, but she's getting older now (11) so we only run her as an alternate if she's needed.
|09-06-2013 03:41 PM|
That was only the second time I'd run Jinx and I think I did have a false start or two at the other tournament. We were shorthanded then too, and were running 3 teams. I had a choice of running someone else's dog on one team and boxloading for the other, or boxloading for 2 teams. I was a little nervous since I'd never run another dog but my own, and I'd never run in start position either, but it was fine. I also ran one of our height dogs, JRT Emma, for a couple of races at that tournament. I definitely felt more confident the second time, and was pretty shocked to find out I was the only person who didn't false start all day. Not all my starts were great, but they weren't bad for a newbie either.
I agree about perfect starts, that's really tough to do. What really sucks is we've had a couple perfect starts where the dog on the other team was early so it didn't even count. The hosting club at the last tournament also gives a prize to the box loader for the teams that place in their division, a lottery ticket, so I usually get a couple of those too. That reminds me, I have two still in my flyball bag that I haven't scratched yet - totally forgot they were there!
|09-06-2013 03:11 PM|
No she certainly did not! That's awesome! It's hard enough to start one's own dog with practice and multiple tournaments.
I also think they should give awards for perfect starts (or for every 3 or something like that). I always point and clap when I see one.
|09-06-2013 03:09 PM|
|Cassidy's Mom||At the last tournament I started BC Jinx on one team in addition to running Halo in the second or third spot on another team. The hosting club gives a prize for the team with no false starts all day (if there is one!), and that person was......ME! The prize was a 6 pack of bully sticks, and her owner took 5 of them and only gave me one, which I thought wasn't very nice, lol. I was just following instructions and Jinx is a "point and shoot" dog that anyone can run, but still - she didn't run herself!|
|09-06-2013 02:13 PM|
|09-04-2013 10:41 PM|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||he is so stinkin cute, and he always has a smile on his face. I have never seen a chocolate pom here in nj. I love his color|
|09-04-2013 01:34 PM|
|LARHAGE||Those were some cute pictures. Ozzy is such a great little dog and you have done such a great job with him.|
|09-03-2013 11:34 PM|
I remember the first time Ozzy was running with the team, there was one point he greeted the box judge, the judge, and some other people. It was after his heat, and he ran clean and was in last position, so it was fine, but we pulled him RIGHT then because we thought that might be him starting to tire out and his brain/body was starting to fry.
I had him all the way back at the 42 for singles and was STILL starting him early! LOL
I hope when I get my GSD, I never have to start her! Haha.
|09-03-2013 10:44 PM|
We get our green dogs out to tournaments all the time, at first like you said, just being in the environment, and then using the warmups to pop them off the box and do recalls and stuff.
From there we'll have them do one heat in a couple of races and then swap in another dog for the rest of the heats. We start them close and send them last, after the 3rd dog has run by, so there's no real pass. If they do well we might leave them in for a 2nd heat in that race, but we try to quit while we're ahead and not push the dog too fast. Halo only did 7 heats all weekend in her first tournament, but by her next tournament the following month she was doing all 4 heats in 3 or 4 races each day.
It would be interesting to see what Halo's singles time would be, but I've never started her before so I wouldn't have any idea how far back to go. I've run one of our other dogs in the start position at a couple of tournaments, but they tell me exactly where to stand and what light to send her, so I'm just following instructions, lol.
|09-03-2013 10:39 PM|
I'm all for zero tolerance of chasing or fights regardless of venue. To be honest the worst I've seen was at one of the two NAFA tournaments we did this past spring, by one of the top teams in the country. Same dog kept chasing and interfering almost every heat. That was also the only time Nikon's been interfered on (BC crossed over and went for our box, Nikon nearly collided with the dog coming off the box and having no clue it was there, luckily missed her and just let her run first back up the lane). I've noticed in U-FLI they are kicking people out who try to run dogs in Singles that aren't ready. The last two tournaments I've been in I've seen people get the boot because their dog crossed over, doesn't even have to be a fight. Too many people were pushing dogs too fast and because they stopped timing Pre-Flight, people would enter Singles for times (in U-FLI, Singles are the only times officially recorded for an individual dog, so it's the only way to get an "official" time/speed and compete for a breed ambassador). We do not even put green dogs in for warmup, since typically the team dogs use the warmup to do a full run or if there's a newer dog they might want to do a few box turns with a prop. The nice thing is most of the tournaments we do are all the same people, you can't get away with pushing young dogs too fast and having fights or chasing because everyone knows who you are and they WILL call you out.
Ozzy's looking quite proud of himself! Super times for a little man
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