The good news is that even though I haven't made it to handling classes recently I feel like I handled him much better. He stacked on the table very nicely for me and I held my leash in a position other than heel position! And to top it off, all the dogs were naked; Bug actually had the most coat left.
We totally failed the down and back - Bug was hip-hopping, so the judge asked us to do it again - and we did - without any hip-hopping along. Truly that is the only thing was was sub-par, and I think it was because Bug was feeling good.
I have noticed that since we did the moving series of adjustments (with our chiropractor) Bug can extend his left rear leg/judge side much better. We were dealing with a creepy foot before; I would move it into place and he would creep it forward and kick it out. Ugly!
I am thinking of entering him in two shows the first weekend of August - Greenfield, MA and Keene, NH. If so I have the whole month of July to commit to handling classes. I really wish Kerry (the woman who's drop-in classes we attend) had time to do privates.
I have to admit, I really don't enjoy showing. The people I have met and seen repeatedly at the local shows are incredibly supportive and I am so appreciative of that. Today one of them commented that she thought it was my nerves not Bug's that is getting in the way. I am sure she is right.
In general I don't find it fun, I find it stressful. I think agility is SO much easier!! I even find herding less stressful, and herding is HARD.
Anyway, it was not a bad day. I feel like Bug and I worked fairly well together, it wasn't raining, and the location was only a half-hour a way from home! How can you beat that?
Bug says, "You can't."