Jake stumbled on the up ramp of the A-Frame at a NADAC trial a week ago, so I decided that it would be in his best interest to take a break the A-Frame for a while just to be on the safe side. He seems totally fine in his day-to-day life but I am fairly certain his on-again, off-again issue over the past couple of years has likely been his right wrist. Looking back, I can recall seeing him stumble like he did on the A-frame when running or jumping a few times over the past couple of years.
Since I had already signed up for one day of Skyline’s NADAC trial, I scratched Jake’s Touch N Go run and just ran him in Tunnelers and Chances. His Tunnelers run was fantastic. He is running better than ever with a perfect combination of speed and focus. He beat Lil by over 2 seconds in Elite Tunnelers (my notation on Lil’s Tunnelers video is incorrect). He also did a great job running Open Chances. I have that run on video but unfortunately he was the second dog on the line for Tunnelers which ran first thing in the morning, so I did not have time to ask someone to video tape Jake’s run.
Lil earned 4 Qs and her running contacts were absolutely perfect. Even though she is running well under Standard Course Times in Elite, she continues to feel less than 100% confident. It was not too apparent in Tunnelers but it became more obvious in her Standard runs. I don’t know if it is psychological or physical but I suspect there is at the very least, a psychological component because Lil has been acting a little strange for the past few months. So my plan for the next couple of weeks is to take a little break from agility and see how she looks and feels after a little time off.
Overall, I feel so good about how well both dogs are running yet I know that nothing ever stays the same when it comes to dogs and agility… and life in general… so I’m trying to enjoy this experience as much as possible.