Banner - 2o2o Contact Training DVD

Monday, June 28, 2010

Courses - Maine Sun Exc Std

Here is my last Excellent course from the Collie Club of Maine's trial. Handlers did a great job and it was really fun to watch everyone work their skills. As an added bonus, we were done 30 minutes before the rain!

Here are some points on the course:

* Quite a few handlers did a front cross between #3 & #4. As a side note, I noticed several dogs went very wide. I've run similar sequences elsewhere and hand't noticed this previously, but I consistently saw this in Maine. It could easily be the course, a late signal or a need for additional cue training. Just something to think about.

* Handlers made sequence #7 - 10 look like a breeze. They handled the offset #8 & 9 like champs.

* Handlers not driving down to the teeter was an issue for some dogs.

* After the table, some dogs had already made up their mind they were heading toward the incorrect side of the #12 tunnel. Regardless of the handler's clear signal, they took what was immediately in front of them.

* Few dogs took the off course jump after #13.

* The line from #14 through to the weaves was quick!

* From the weaves on, some handlers did a front cross at the end of the poles so the dog finished the course on the handler's left. Those handlers that did independent weave poles and then pulled their dog over #18 with a pick-up to #19 clearly had practiced this as they executed it with confidence and precision.

There were some AMAZING working dogs at this trial and some really, really cute Canine Companion Dogs as well. I'm still tired and am heading to bed, but I wanted to thank the club and everyone there for a wonderful, wonderful time!


  1. That looks like it would have been a really fun course to run!

  2. Lisa, I was at the Maine trial, and I have to say .... I LOVED YOUR COURSES, working in your ring, and having you as a judge. My shelties thought you were a pretty cool judge, too, and we took home 3 QQ's in all that weekend! But mostly, I just wanted to say how WONDERFUL you were when Riley the Terv went for a ringer on the tire. You were the voice of reason and calm in a moment of chaos. Can't wait to have the opportunity to be in your ring again. Thank you! ~ Diane Patterson