It happens often, or a cat can be lingering on the edge of the field(in training as well), have you been to a trial?
Oh no, the cat again! LOL we were just talking about this at the seminar.
All of these have happened to me/my dog in trial/show/run:
- cat on the field during my obedience
- goats about 20 feet away running zoomies and humping each other
- 4 inches of standing water on the field (had to do a cram session convincing the dog she *could* sit and down in standing water)
- dog up in the long down
- female in standing heat in front of my dog
- judge stopping my performance to play-criticize me as if I wasn't nervous enough already
- dog run to judge instead of helper
- judge having a medical emergency (heart attack?)
You just never know....