a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Second Day of Judging Clinic

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Second Day of Judging Clinic

SUMMARY: Drooping...
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It's now 12:15 a.m. on Sunday. I got up at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday. I'll be getting up about 7:00 a.m. tomorrow--er, today--that is, Sunday.

My Advanced Standard course is designed for tomorrow's testing stage 1. It's OK but there are a couple of things I don't like. I'm also supposed to be able to build a Starters Standard course off it, and I'm giving up. I have *a* course but it's not going to work because the dog is basicallyon the same side of the handler all the way and I ended up moving almost all the obstacles on the course. Gah.

So my testing might be over very early tomorrow if I fail miserably at this.

On the other hand--so many opportunities through all the testing phases tomorrow and monday to learn even more and to really focus in on what I don't know.

Sunday, in addition to my course design, there's the written scoring test (if I don't do well at that, I'll be disappointed in myself; after all, I am a Score Table Czar), the course-building test (you evaluate a real course set up in the field to figure out all the incorrect ways that they've tweaked it or left stuff lying around that shouldn't be there, safety issues, and so on)--I did pretty good on the practice on that one, so that should be OK, too; and the evaluation while judging actual dogs.

IF dogs show up and want to work! It was probably in the low 90s today and probably will be the same or warmer tomorrow.

Then Monday is the huge written test, the one that I keep hearing about is so hard.

I think I've memorized my yards-per-second numbers for all 3 Standard levels, and reviewed faulting, and ... oh, jeez, so much, I'm tired, off to bed.

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