The good – I displayed an intense amount of patience and Ike tried to overcome his stress and work with me. The bad – Ike was all googly eyed and very stressed out. :-(
That really sums it up, to be honest. Lots of TL (tight leash), SR (Slow Response), OOP (Out of Position), 2 RTs (Re-Try), etc.
The tight leash is comical since Ike naturally walks loose-leash. However when you are stressed and staring at creepy things, sometimes the paws forget to move and the handler tries to keep moving. Oi!
In the Halt, Down, Ike sat for about 40 seconds before going into a down – he also licked himself prior to doing the down. Stress much?
In the Forward from a Sit, we had just completed the 270 in the corner where a creepy (Ike's adjective) tall man wearing a hat with a video camera (definite Ike triggers – gah) was right at the gating, and Ike took his SWEET time sitting. Another SR. He did sit though. And the next station Fast Pace was his only clean station! Kind of ironic that Ike nailed Fast Pace!
Call Front Finish Left Forward – Ike actually had a VERY decent front given how terrible we are at them. It was very straight. When I asked him to finish left he was busy staring at someone outside the ring. I had already used my two re-tries, so we failed that station. I will have to ask Jenny – at that point maybe I should have just fixed his finish-forward?
So, it was kind of a disaster.
I think we will continue class and try one more trial. See how it goes. I think I will look for an outdoor trial. Ike typically did much better at agility trials that were outdoors. If Ike is still a stress-ball at an outdoor Rally trial we're shelving the whole "trialing" thing!