At FAAD, we submit goals to Katrina in January each year. Since we have to write them down, come the next January, you can measure how you did. With Skye, I can go back a couple years and find we had issues that we still sometimes see still!
So, with that said, I am going to post my goals for Skye and Rip for this coming year. Maybe it makes them more real this way...
- Continue practicing with toys and not food, keeping Skye very motivated during practice sessions..
- Work on various distance skills, like turns from a tunnel and better push outs.
- Keep working on the startline in practice – this has been paying off as he’s been much better during competition..
- Need to proof frontcrossing the AFrame – these tend to push him off the side. Get him to keep driving down even if I am in front of the frame.
- Work on being able to really peel off the weaves without causing popouts.
- In 2011, I would like to earn Skye’s USDAA PDCH-Bronze. This will take getting 9 more Pairs Qs, 7 Gamble Qs, 3 Jumpers Qs, and 6 Standard Qs. This will not be an easy task.
- Qualify for USDAA Nationals and attend the event in October in Kentucky.
- Qualify for AKC Nationals for 2012, as we have done the last 2 years.
- Earn at least two more placements in AKC. We managed to get a 2nd and 3rd in 2010, so I would like to meet and improve on that. This can be challenging as we never compete against less than 25 dogs. More typically, its 50 - 75 dogs in the 20" class.
- More practicing on the contact retraining. Continue to use the target to get him driving into position – don’t try to fade it so fast in practice.
- Keep working his bar issues by varying jumpheights, including lots of crossing on jumpers type courses, doing figure-8 jumps, and other jumping exercises.
- Continue to push for more speed in the weaves. Periodically open the channels to get him moving faster and faster. Once a month, film the weave performance and time it to measure any improvements.
- Be more consistent with practice outside of classtime. I’d like to practice at least 2 times a week outside of class, and would prefer 3 or 4 times a week.
- Enforce contact performance in competition – at the very least, mark an intentionally jumped contact with a down.
- For AKC, I would like to earn Rip’s first Double Q, which will require us to get out of Open Standard, and Exc. A Jumpers.
- Qualify for USDAA Nationals and attend the event in October in Kentucky. We are already qualified in Team, and have 1 Q in Steeplechase.
- Improve our speed enough to be within 2 or 3 seconds of 1st place in a big AKC or USDAA competition.
- Advance to the Masters level in USDAA and earn Rip’s MAD. We need 3 Adv. Standard Qs to get to Masters in everything, and then will need 3 Master Standard Qs and 1 Q in each of the games (we already have Pairs and Gamblers)