Not a good day for us in the Rally ring. Although we have practiced, we have never trialed in an outdoor ring before. Both dogs were completely distracted. All they wanted to do was sniff and explore. A very embarrassing and humbling experience. Between the morning and afternoon trial I spent some time walking each of them around and letting them sniff everything and meet people. They were a little more focused in the afternoon but still quite distracted. Spirit managed to squeak by with a 72 (a very generous judge) and get her first Q in advanced rally. I know that I have a lot of work to do so that both dogs find being with me more rewarding than all the distractions in a trial environment. I learned a big and very valuable lesson.
2 responses to “Rally disappointment but good lesson learned”
A pass is a pass!
We were at that show last year. It’s tough when you are outside.
Bailey is attempting her first rally trial next weekend. I’m sure it will be a gong show. LOL!!!
Good luck at your first trial