Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Pressure. Some people fold under pressure, some bloom.  I must be a combination of both, because I tend to put myself under pressure, yet at times I fold. Sunday was a good example. Saturday went very well, Magic was up were were getting decent scores. Sunday I decided that well if he did earn his level 2 in the first trial of the day I would go add level 3. Which I did, and then I fell apart. And it was so stupid too. First I NQ'd on the trial 2 level 2, then when I was walking level 3 the first time I had basically decided we weren't going to Q so just have fun and do the best we can, learning time.  Well, although not perfect, (Slow Downs, lagging on the fast) we did Q. So that should have relaxed me right?  Nope, got me more wound up and although we did Q in the 2nd trials level 3, it was the worst score of the weekend. Lots of little dumb things, for Magic again slow downs and some lagging, but also stupid Dawn thing, shuffling my feet, not making clean pivots.

Not really sure where I am going with this blog, its more for me to process the weekend. But I did sort of do it again.  I entered the Des Moines APDT trial. Now I need to see if I can get more happy heeling, see if we can learn some back end awareness and how ti down without taking a minute to do it.  No pressure, right?

1 comment:

Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

i get really stressed at trials too. I have learned to crate Lance away from me for most of the trial right up until we have to go so that my nervousness doesn't effect Lance as much. We all make stupid mistakes though. the beautiful thing is that the dogs don't care. you two looked great this weekend and should be proud!