Ella's (and my) first obedience trial

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  1. Emily

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    So, as you know, Ella and I have entered our first obedience trial. It's a Rally obedience trial and we've actually entered twice on the same day (they have both an am and a pm trial - my friend advised to enter both as my nerves may be a little lower by the afternoon).

    It's a huge step for us and I'm reasonably confident that we won't pass but I do feel that it's the next step for us.

    Why we will probably fail, but why we must go:

    1. Handler error. My nerves and lack of experience cause me to get quite muddled when I approach each sign. I tend to give poor Ella some useless 'flappy arm' cues and she has to guess what I'm asking her to do.

    2. Ella's excitement. We'll be in a brand new place with hundreds of new dogs and people. And someone in the ring with us. Need I say more?

    Both of these issues will be overcome by lots and lots of practice.

    So tonight I walked through each RN sign (using voice and hand signals - no dog though haha) to practice what I have to do, as the handler. If I can learn the signs back to front and upside down then we are one step closer :)

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    Oh best of luck Emily and Ella.Honestly,I can't tell you the amount of posts I've read where people have said ' we don't stand a chance,we won't pass ' etc and then done really well xxx
    And you know what ,if it doesn't go as well as you want ,well so what ?the next time will be better because you've had 2 really great practice opportunities.Practising on your own is a great idea,if you are confident in your signals and cues that will help any nerves you may have ....go and do your stuff! You will be brill,when is it? X
     
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    Thanks Angela, it's on the March 18th.

    The good thing is that there is a great group of us going together (all more experienced than us but all working towards passes in our own levels) and will support and encourage but we also plan to have a good day out :)

    I've only been to one trial (dog-less) but everyone brings along chairs and gazebos and mountains of snacks and makes a day of it. Maybe I'll have to sneak in a hip flask to calm the nerves ;)
     
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    Do it! :rofl:
    You've got practice time left ,best of luck and enjoy yourselves. I'll watch out for news of how it went x
     
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    Oooh, best of luck! Practicing on your own over and over sounds like a good idea. I remember when I was doing kata for my kickboxing, I'd run through all the moves in miniature every time I went to the loo!
     
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    So exciting! Best of luck!! Looking forward to the report!
     
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    Good luck! Looking forward to hearing how it goes.
     
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    OK, I haven't reached that point yet :eek::eek:
     
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    Fantastic!!! Good on you!!!

    Practising without the dog is absolutely the way to go.
     
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    Wow! That looks really complicated, I am spatially challenged so would really struggle ( much to my gundog trainers amusement...)
    Rehearsing sounds like such a good idea! Look forward to hearing all about it, don't forget your chairs, gazebo and hip flask... And just enjoy the day!
     
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    Good luck Emily and Ella! I'm sure you'll both do fab!!
     
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    Good luck to you both and have fun!
     
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    Oh absolutely practice on your own. The very best of luck.
     
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    How exciting Emily, I wish you and Ella the very, very best of luck :) x
     
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    I bet you will both be much better than you think. Look forward to reading about it in a few weeks
     
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    Are you competing at entry level? Can't wait to hear about it! Rally-o is something I've got at the back of my mind for once we've completed the 4 domestic obedience classes. It's great that you're doing it as a group, that's gotta ease the nerves a little.
     
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    We're entering the Rally Novice (RN) so it's the beginner level and all on lead. Whilst no treats are allowed, you can talk to your dog as much as you like and it's a lot more relaxed than the formal CCD (lowest level formal obedience trial)
     
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    Good luck. If you have the signs at home and can practice that will help a lot. You can download and print out full sized signs, right? We could. IN my siggy, those are Oban's Rally-O titles. If we could do it so can anyone.
     
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    How very exciting, good luck. X
     
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    Practising our SFE. Not actually needed for rally but we will need it for CCD, if we decide to go that far
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