Cava was entered it her first ever trials - rally Novice B and obedience Novice B. In the rally ring, she did a beautiful round with great attention and focus. I messed up the "moving down", by giving her the wrong signal, so we had to re-do it and the second time was not too much better! But we came away with 95/100, 2nd place and our first rally leg. The big problem was getting into the ring - with a small crowd around the ring entrance and a ring steward sitting in a chair in the ring, Cava thought it would a fantastic opportunity to visit with everyone and I barely had her under control (she actually tried to jump into the lap of the steward). Not the entrance I wanted to make! She then spotted the judge and lunged towards her. At the start line I got her attention back on me and was very relieved that she went immediately into "work mode" after that shaky start. Because of that, I pulled her from Novice obedience, as I would like to get that under control before we go back in the ring!
|Practicing the long down stay with Pixel and Brit|