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Author: Ivette

I live in the North East region of the U.S. I am married and have 3 JRTS. I have competed in dog agility for about 12 years. I created this blog as a personal journal to document our journey.
USDAA Northeast Regional

USDAA Northeast Regional

 

Roxy and I headed Providence, RI for the Northeast Regional.  We had an amazing time!! The facility is top notch and the club ran a super trial!  It was great seeing all my east coast buddies!  Roxy ran great all weekend, loving the turf and the A/C.  We came to the regional in hopes of getting a Steeplechase and Grand Prix bye for Cynosport.  An unfortunate slip in the weaves and missed DW contact cost us the GP bye, but we ended up 4th in Steeplechase finals with a bye and 3rd in Biathlon, a bonus!!

I am sure many of you are sick of hearing about how proud I am of Roxy, but I have to say it again, this dog is all heart!! It is so great to see her confidence building with each run and how she truly gives her whole heart to me in everything we do.  We had an incident with another dog on our last day at the regional right before our first run.  Six months ago I think that would have been it for her, she would not have wanted to run at all.  I continued our normal pre-run routine but inside I had a million thoughts running through my head, most of them panicking.  I pushed the negative thoughts out and focused on our routine and off we went!  Before Roxy I had never had tricks that I taught my dogs at the start line.  I started doing this with Roxy and hoped it would help her when we stepped to the line.  I was so grateful on Sunday we had those tricks!! As soon as we started doing those tricks I had my girl back.  She was a little distracted for that first run but nothing that anyone else could see, only me knowing her like I do.  So proud of this little dog!!

Without further ado, (and because I am feeling particularly lazy and don’t feel like writing more) here are our video highlights!! Enjoy!!

Doing the learnings and the runnings

Doing the learnings and the runnings

 

March has been crazy with training opportunities.  I typically don’t do this many seminars so close together, but when I was told that OneMind Dogs coach Nicola Giraudi was coming to Jump’n Java Agility I could not pass it up.  Top notch instruction in my own backyard doesn’t come around too often.  I have been wanting to work with Nicola for a the last couple of years but up to this point it had never worked out.  We had perfect Half Moon Bay weather for the two days of the seminar.  Lots of great set ups which tested our skills and pushed us outside our comfort zone.  Nicola’s keen eye, insightful comments and advice gave me many lightbulb moments and things to continue doing that will help reach our goals.  Can’t wait for him to come back!! Enjoy our video!  Ciao!!

 

Nicola Giraudi Seminar March 2017 from Ivette white on Vimeo.