On Saturday we spent most of the day at Inu's first practice trial (which is a dog agility type of competition that is similar to a real one, but just a practice). We were volunteering too, so we got there bright and early. We put Inu into her soft crate with her blankets and water so she is all comfy. Since Inu has been doing dog agility classes at this place, she is very familiar with it, so nothing new there. We zipped her in so she wouldn't jump out and go over to the check in area.
Soon there are many more people checking in - there were over 40 dogs signed up at this indoor dog agility practice trial! That was a great turnout!
Look at all those different dog setups and crates! But it was very organized and the dogs were mostly well-behaved and not as much barking as you would think....
Inu is in the green crate over there on the left - the first one in the row by the wall. We would come and sit by her and zip open the crate top when we had a few minutes, and take her outside for a quick walk sometimes too. My husband was doing timing for the dog runs.
And this is where I was most of the time - standing by the list of dogs who were in each category, checking them in, making changes to the list, and making sure they were ready to go when the dog before them was done.
It was a great spot to see all the action up front!!
Here all the dog owners are having a meeting with the judge and owner before the event starts. The anti-fatigue matting is really nice for both the dogs and owners. There were 3 events: One with obstacles (like weave poles, dog walk, A-frame, table for staying in a "down" position for about 10 sec.), one called "snooker" (do as many obstacles as you can within a certain time frame and gets points for each), and one with 14 different jumps. Inu was scheduled as the first dog in the Jumpers at 8" height - Jumpers was the last set of events for the day.
So she had to wait, and wait, and wait....