Friday, April 19, 2013

2013 Weimaraner Nationals - Day 3 and 4

We ended our trip with agility - and boy did we have a blast!  This was our first try at open agility and we had not competed since earning our novice titles in August.  Mia had gorgeous runs on Saturday and handled beautifully!  She double Q'd earning a jumpers and standard leg, both with first places!!  Sunday was the Weimaraner Club of America trial and Mia qualified in open standard for her second leg with another 1st place!  We ran in jumpers but just couldn't get in sync but I was still proud of how she did!  

Saturday's Open Standard Run

Sunday's Jumpers with Weaves Run

We had a wonderful time and will hopefully be able to attend another Nationals in the future!

*All photos by Phyllis Ensley Photography*

Thursday, April 18, 2013

2013 Weimaraner Nationals - Day 2

On Friday, we made our debut in utility obedience at the Weimaraner Club of America Obedience trial.  The utility class is sometimes called "futility" because of the difficulty of the exercises.  We did not qualify but I was beyond thrilled with how Mia performed.  We NQ'd on 2 exercises but all of the others were great and the judge gave us some very nice compliments.  We have a few things I want to work on but I have no doubt that we will earn that UD title.  There are 6 exercises in Utility: Signals, Scent Discrimination (done twice - once with metal and once with leather), Directed Retrieve, Moving Stand for Exam, and Directed Jumping.

Signals - heeling

Signals - Stand you dog

Signals - down

Signals - Sit

Signals - Recall

Scent Discrimination - metal - I was thrilled with how Mia worked the pile!

Scent Discrimination - leather

Directed Retrieve

Moving Stand for Exam

Directed Jumping - High Jump

Directed Jumping - Bar Jump
*All photos by Phyllis Ensley Photography*

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

2013 Weimaraner Nationals - Day 1

I was thrilled to be able to attend our first Weimaraner Nationals in Perry, GA this year.  I have never been to a Nationals for any breed and it was exciting to not only be able to go, but compete in multiple venues.  We left Wednesday afternoon and headed to Perry, GA.  I always enjoy any time I get to spend with Mia, but it was also great to see so many weim people and their wonderful dogs.  On Thursday, we competed in the RDX (retrieving dog excellent) stake at the WCA Ratings.  This stake requires a land double, water triple, and water blind.  The dog has to be brought to the line off leash and under control, and must be absolutely steady on the line (no change of position allowed).   While Mia did well on her retrieve and remained steady, she refused to give up the bird so I had to NQ myself.  Even if I could have convinced Mia to drop the bird, the more retrieves she did, the worse this problem would have gotten and I didn't want her to ever think it was okay to hard-mouth a bird.  She had started "testing" me a little in training so it was only a matter of time before we would have this particular conversation.  Mia is a high-drive princess who, every now and then, decides to ask me if I'm serious.  Of course, my answer is always yes, I am.  Back to training we go...

Mis is super focused on the bird throwers.

The next post will be about our first experience in Utility Obedience.

*All photos by Phyllis Ensley Photography*

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Spring photo shoot with the new camera

Just some photos I took of Miss Mia with my new camera - I'm having a lot of fun learning to use it, especially when I have such a cooperative (most of the time) subject :)