* Pretty much carry on as we have been in our Wednesday class, unless something better comes along (again...hopefully...) Now that we actually have to have some semblance of fencing at the park where we train, we'll be able to focus better on off leash exercises. I'd really like to add a second class again though.
--- Nothing better came along, unfortunately, and while classes were going on during daylight hours, the squirrels were exceptionally bad this year, so we’ve had our challenges. For a good part of the summer there were only 3 or 4 of us attending, so we got a lot of individual time with the instructor, which was great.
* Work LOTS more on off leash exercises outside of class. Just need to find a suitable area.
--- Not much progress on this, but some opportunities may be opening up. We’ll see. Meanwhile we are working hard at home.
* Work on reliability of taking jumps during recalls (JRTCA Novice) and retrieves (JRTCA Open), so we can eventually qualify in Open and compete for combined awards.
--- I did some jumping foundation exercises and it seems to have made a difference. Still needs more work though.
* Work on the go-out, turn, and sit exercise for JRTCA Open obedience. So far we are nowhere close to a qualifying performance because we don't have enough distance yet.
--- We’ve made huge strides on this, and in our last run in Open obedience in 2016 he actually nailed it – after a long weekend of competing and even though he was really tired. Too bad we had some other snags, so still no Q’s, but I’m confident they will come.
* Get that last Barn Hunt Senior Q, finally.
--- This was actually the first 2016 goal we crossed off our list, on January 31. Dax earned all of his BHA RATS legs as first places in the Small Dog class, and leg 2 and 3 with the best time in Senior overall. Unfortunately we are done with barn hunt for now, since Dax decided he’s not interested anymore in rats that are safe in tubes and can’t be caught. So we are taking a break and might revisit later.
* Hit the Western JRTCA trials in CA, AZ, CO, WA, and NV. Hope to convince AZ and CO to also add an Obedience and Rally division to their lineup. The others are already on board, yay!
--- Sadly there were no trials held in AZ and CO in 2016 and WA decided not to offer obedience and rally after all. In addition to the CA, WA and NV trials we did go to the Fall Festival in TX in November again though, and had a great time.
* At the above trials, work on getting our final Rally II leg for the certificate, and a Q in Open Obedience.
--- Dax earned his Rally II title at Battleborn Bonanza in NV. We still didn’t manage an Open obedience Q, but we got oh so close a couple times. With Dax making so much progress on the go-out exercise, our biggest challenge these days is the off-lead heeling. We’ll really have to make that a focus in 2017.
* Go hunting again and if at all possible give Dax a chance to finally earn his Bronze Medallion.
--- We did go on a fun 3-day hunting trip in New Jersey in May, but despite checking out multiple dens, we did not run into any qualifying quarry. Still, I was grateful for the opportunity to get Dax out in the field and let him do what comes naturally.
* Try for a Q in ASCA Rally Advanced (if I'm brave enough and there are trials where I feel safe about the off-lead conditions) and work on X and C scores in RN.
--- Sadly this did not come to pass. We tried at one trial, but Dax was so distracted by the rabbits at the park that I couldn’t get him to do much even on lead.
* Try for a Q in ASCA Novice Obedience (again, depending on safe off-lead conditions).
--- See above. We need more work on the off lead heeling first. I’m beginning to feel better about his long stays at class though, which is great.
* Look into the possibility of WCR rally trials. Would be nice if we could enter one, but they are far and few.
--- See above. Went to one trial, at a terrible venue (a corner of smelly artificial turf at a working nursery with lots of critters around), and it was a disaster. Crossing this off the list unless we can find a better venue. For which we may have to travel a considerable distance.
* Canine Good Citizen on January 16th
* This year Dax made his debut in the non-titling “newbie” classes of JRTCA agility, which are very simple courses performed on leash. He won a Rookie reserve high score for standard and jumpers combined on Saturday at our club’s trial in March, and the perpetual trophy for the Weekend High Score of Obedience, Rally and Agility combined at the TX Fall festival in November.
* High Score in both Obedience and Rally Saturday and Sunday at my club’s CA trial and Reserve for both on Saturday and Sunday at the NV trial. Also Reserve for Obedience on the Sunday at the TX trial.
* Reserve Champion in Super Earth, Adult 10-12.5″ on Saturday at the CA and WA trials.
* Adult Racing Champion for the 10-12.5″ class both days at the WA trial.
* Weekend High Point Open Terrier at the CA and NV trials (WA and TX didn’t offer high point divisions.)
* Pretty much carry on as we have been in our Wednesday class, unless something better comes along (again...) It’s still our best option for proofing in a high-distraction environment.
* Possibly, hopefully add a nosework class. We’ve dabbled a little bit in scent detection, mainly in the form of informal hide and seek games, and Dax loves it.
* Possibly, hopefully start some private lessons in agility somewhere safely fenced.
* Put a heavy focus on off leash heeling and exercises in our training.
* Continue building reliability of taking jumps, hopefully agility will help with that as well as with overall off-leash behavior in the ring.
* Polish our Open obedience routine, so we can eventually qualify. We’ve made big strides last year, I swear we are so close!
* Continue taking online classes at Fenzi Academy, and working toward video submissions for the TEAM 1 title (and beyond, eventually). Dax has most of the mechanics in place already, but I need to train myself too, to make sure I do everything properly when recording video.
* Go hunting again and if at all possible give Dax a chance to finally earn his Bronze Medallion. I’ve got so much money invested in this now, I’m not going to give up with just one quarry to go.
* Attend JRTCA trials in CA, NV and TX (March for sure, and possibly also November again).
It’s not certain whether the AZ trial will be held, the CO summer trial is already a no for 2017. I want to conserve my resources for trials that offer rally/obedience/agility, so most likely I’ll skip WA this year. JRTCA Nationals has its 35 year anniversary in 2017, so maybe I’ll go back if Dax is successful with his Bronze.
* Work on Q’s in Open Obedience. This is the last obedience certificate we can earn in JRTCA.
* Maybe get a Q in JRTCA off lead agility. Even if it’s “just” Jumpers.