Criteria: a standard of judgment or criticism; a rule or principle for evaluating or testing something.
Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, I let my criteria slip. This slippage results in a misunderstanding between Fin and I what she is supposed to do.
This video is Aframes over a weekend trial. I can now laugh, I wasn't laughing then.
How did it come to this between Fin and I? We've had such amazing contacts. We are always complimented on our contacts.
The answer of course is slippage. I get hyped up in a trial. I get all about getting the job done. Resulting in me not stopping and explaining to Fin that such behavior is not how we do things. I justify it by saying, "As long as she hits the yellow, I'm ok." Things move fast with Fin. I go in not thinking that contacts might be a problem and without a plan, let the behavior continue.
The result of this is a miscommunication between Fin and I. She thinks that "at trials" she can go fast and doesn't have to stop. She thinks in practice she can go fast and stop. I have fallen into a trap that many people fall into. Acting different at trials then I do in practice.
This blog is for funny stories, training antidotes, and also honesty. The truth is I had to go back to November to find a 2o2o successfully done at a trial. NOVEMBER!!! That was 3 trials ago. I have allowed her to run her contacts at trials for 3 trials. No wonder I have no Aframe and the teeter and dogwalk are also suspect.
Next trial is in two weeks. I have 4 days of classes to work on my A frame. I will make good use of it. Hopefully by day 4 I'll have my beautiful Aframe back.
In other news, despite our lack of criteria, Fin and I were able to get those last qualifications (Q's) we needed to get our Performance Dog Championship (PDCH). We got a big ribbon and a beautiful Bar.