|Rocco snagged two firsts and two thirds, not too shabby for a baby dog!|
The USDAA introduced the Intro Program in 2011 so these events weren't around when I first started trialing with Cosmo. And I've got to tell you, this was a terrific experience and a great way to ease a young pup into a trial setting.
If you are about to start agility trailing, I highly recommend looking for an Intro Trial in your area.
Some of the benefits of an Intro Trial include:
- The trial is smaller. With fewer dogs entered, the experience is less overwhelming for your pup.
- You can enter your dog when he's 14 months old vs. 18 months at a USDAA trial.
- It's a chance to see where you are at with your training, and learn what needs more work before entering a regular trial
- You can use a toy in the ring (but no food)
- Classes offered include Standard, Gamblers, Jumpers and Snooker.
|That's Rocco's score on the bottom left and right with 49 out of a possible 51 points|
Each obstacle is given a point value so the strategy is to take as many high value obstacles in the opening as you can to accumulate the most points.
Then, you go to the closing segment and take it in the number in which it is marked from #2 through #7. We chose to take two teeters for maximum points in the opening and then race across the course to take our final red jump and an obstacle before heading to the close.
Sound confusing? It is at first, but it's not nearly as complicated as these rules make it seem! Take a look at our first-place qualifying Snooker run. It can be quite hilarious as you run past LOTS of obstacles to go for the highest value obstacle for maximum points!
Rocco and I had a blast and can't wait until we enter our first grown-up dog agility trial, hopefully later this spring!
Last week we wrapped up the winter edition of K9Kamp and thanks to all who participated in Kamp and our great giveaway! Congrats to Kelly T., our giveaway winner!
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