Yesterday there were fewer handler errors, but we did nothing. I was happy though to not have made the same mistakes I did on Friday (I think I made new ones!).
Two things I would like to change, okay maybe three.
Once Bug was off the table I am not clear I stood him in the correct place. When the other handler went to place her dog in line after being on the table, it was tight and awkward. I am going to ask her today if there was a better or more correct place to stand and free stack Bug.
On the down and back I did remember to free stack my dog (but I think the judge might have already made up his mind as he gave Bug a VERY cursory glance). I wish I had done it just a wee bit sooner. I feel like we were kind of under the judge's feet.
Third, the first trip around the ring gaiting. We must have been gaiting slow as the other handler and dog ran up our butt. This didn't happen on Friday (with the same dog/handler), but did happen yesterday and wasn't comfortable. I am sure it doesn't look good either? But of course I don't know!
My friend Michele is going to come with me today and video tape it so I can share with Holly, Katrin, and Kerry to see if there are any absolutely glaring mistakes. Otherwise I have the feeling this is just the way the game is played.
I will say, for a performance person, the subjectivity of it all is hard. I am SEARCHING for things to fix, but even with everything "fixed" it might not matter!
5 weeks ago