|she clearly took off way too early here|
|Super cool photo! But what you can't see is that the next photo in the series was her almost landing on the bar!|
But I am also going to have to let go a little bit. I have to let go because otherwise if we go to Tulsa, and she hits one bar every day, I will be really upset. I have to let go because the bars are not really her fault. She does not mean to hit them. I think she hates hitting them, actually, so I am pretty proud of her for continuing to run so hard all the time for me. We will still try hard, and we are still on a mission to do enough jump training and conditioning that she can get through the National without even a single bar, as she did last year, but I will also be working to step back from the NAC dream with her and just accept her for who she is - a dog with a jumping problem. I will probably continue with my retirement plans for her - we are going to AKC Nationals this year in Tulsa, USDAA Nationals in TN, and then AKC Nationals next year on the East Coast, and that will be her final big event, just a little over a year from now. She will be about 9.5 years old for that, and hopefully still jumping 16" - though so far we have done 4 days of AKC without any QQ's, I am still optimistic that we can get through them even with her jumping issues.
|It took me 3 weeks to teach her a strong verbal cue for these monster spreads, or she landed on the back bar every time.|