We are home from the 2013 AWDF National Championship! This is the USA's largest IPO Championship each year. It was held in Lucas, KY which is a gorgeous part of the country. Dasko tracked on Friday in plush long grass. He penciled his corners, had excellent articles, and excellent restarted. He was pointed for change of speed, and one head check on the third leg. I'm super proud of his track! He received 88 points on the track. In Obedience, unfortunately Dasko was very LOADED and barked or whined through much of the routine which cost him a lot of points. He hit all of his motions exercises, but did take a couple steps on the stand. The retrieves were good, however, the judge claims that he never heard me say HUP for the wall, so he scored our wall as insufficient :*( On the video you can CLEARLY hear me tell the dog hup/bring, so I'm not sure why the judge missed it. He thought that Dasko went without the command. We lost a lot of points on a judges error an ended up with 77 points in Obedience :*(. Dasko's protection was good, he stayed relatively in control and in true fashion showed the power in his grips. Here again we lost some points in the barking between exercises. We know what we have to work on :) Dasko received a 90 in Protection which was actually one of the higher scores (only 12 dogs scored higher in protection - out of the maybe 60+ who started). All in all not a great weekend, but super proud of the big guy anyway :)
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