This weekend Sully earned his ARCH title in APDT Rally. To earn this combined level championship title, we had to earn 100 points and get scores of over 190 in both level 1 and level 2 five separate times. Some people were surprised that we hadn't earned this title before now since we've been competing for a couple of years but we usually only compete one day even if the trials are 2-day trials. (This is both budgetary and I also like to spend at least one day of the weekend at home with my husband.) He also won a third place in his second level 2 run. This weekend we were busted for crooked sits and did fairly poorly on a couple of bonus exercises but still scored over 200 in all four trials.
Now we may take a break from APDT. I enjoy the shows, the people are so friendly and the courses are challenging. But....it's a LONG day! And this weekend I found myself getting annoyed at the A-levels (which is a terrible attitude to have, I know!) whose dogs seemed...not quite ready for the showring. They begged and pleaded with their dogs to sit, their dogs barely knew heel position, and I know maybe it was the stress of a new place, maybe they can complete all the exercises perfectly at home. But these are minutes (MANY minutes) of my life I will never get back and I spent them under fluorescent lights, being annoyed and getting a headache. In AKC (obedience, not rally), that just wouldn't happen. People know their dogs, when they're proofed and ready and don't enter a dog that is clearly not ready. They understand that your time in the ring isn't for practicing and training your dog! But for the most part, I really enjoy watching the teams, there are some that I just can't help but smile when I watch them!
What will we be doing instead? AKC Graduate Novice (first attempt at the end of October) and further training in AKC Tracking. We may go for our AKC RAE title but AKC rally just isn't as challenging as APDT.
In non-dog news, I start clogging lessons this month! I have wanted to reward myself for keeping up my healthy habits and a dance class seemed a perfect fit! I hope it's fun!