Along with Lyric I ran Whisper in agility at the three day agility trial in Santa Rosa California. We are trying to get ready for the Nationals in Reno at the end of March. So to improve our time I decided to try to leave Whisper on a stand stay rather than a sit stay. As the videos clearly show she didn't believe I really meant for her to stay so she left early-almost every time. By the end of the weekend I had changed and placed her back into a sit stay-and she held her start.
On the first day not only did Lyric qualify in Excellent Standard but Whisper QQed for her 9th towards her MACH2. The weavepole entry was especially hard but we made it although not graceful.
On the second day in standard we tried a lead out from the chute. Although it seemed like a simple move we had never practiced it in class and she went around it to come to me. It was probably the only time we have failed before we even started the course. Oh well jumpers was fun and she Qed. It felt very strange to have Lyric Q on the course but not Whisper.
On the last day trying to push Whisper to go faster on the standard course I noticed she was not holding her contacts. The dogwalk on the last day was a good example. We didn't get called on it so she earned her 10th QQ(with a little help). It seems like when something improves something else slips. I guess that is why agility is so fun, it is not a static sport.