Highlights of this weekend's flyball tournament include:
- Pallo measuring under 14" on Sunday, giving us a 8" jump height
- Koira running clean all day Saturday, proving herself to be a reliable flyball dog
- Pallo not dropping his ball early at all, all day Saturday
- Koira earning her 500 point Flyball Dog Champion title on Saturday
- Koira running start on Sunday
- Koira's new person best time on Sunday of 4.7 seconds, with 0.2 seconds of start error
- Pallo running all day Sunday, still with times under 6 seconds even at the end of the day
Lets just say, it was an awesome weekend!
Koira ran with one of our two Regular teams, while Pallo was running with an Open team. It was my first experience running two dogs full time at a tournament. It was pretty hectic, but I felt like I had gotten the hang of it by Sunday. Plus it helped that our wonderful team leader set up the lineups carefully, giving Koira her races to sit out and rest on those that were close to Pallo having to run with Open. And, my friend Brit came along for the weekend despite having never been to flyball before and helped out by holding one or the other dog while I ran the other, then giving them water and putting them back in their crate until I was done with the other race and able to cool out the dogs.
As much fun as the tournament was (and it was, a ton of fun, with not only an awesome potluck, as per normal, but also a great dinner-and-wine get-together in our crating area Saturday evening), there were of course things that need some more work or didn't go quite right.
I realized that we needed more work with some of the following:
- Koira's turn, which started out good but degraded fast
- Pallo, who needs to know that carrying the ball all the way back is a required part of flyball
- My starts (which I can't really work except at the next tournament, since we don't have lights)
- Koira's passing
- Pallo being passed into (close passes currently encourage him to drop his ball)
I am looking forward to practicing these skills over the next month, then seeing how far we've come by our October tournament, only a little over a month away right now!
*The pictures on the grass are from a demo last weekend, as we were running indoors, on dirt, in poor lighting this weekend and I didn't get many good pictures. Thank you to David for getting the picture of Koira at the tournament (she fumbled the ball and was going after it, she still ran a 4.2 that time, even with the fumble!).