Progress and training for Week 1 (July 2nd to July 8th) of preparing for the IFCS Team USA Selection Event
Overall, this was a very good practice week. Despite the fact that I was out of state for the beginning of the week on a judging assignment, and returned home to pick up my newest family member…a Beagle puppy named Fancy!
Because it so hot in Arizona this time of year, I have been unable to practice the IFCS courses on the same day that we set them up. However, that does not mean Popeye and I don’t get to practice at all on those days.
By the time a course is completely set-up in the morning, it may be too warm to run the entire course, but it is not too hot (yet) to do a few skills and drills. Ultimately, the goal in setting the challenging IFCS courses to run is not just about enhancing our teamwork so that I feel prepared to run the difficult courses with Popeye at Try-Outs, but also to find the parts that make me nervous so that I know what skills we need to work on first in order to improve my confidence.
It took over an hour to build the next course Popeye and I ran this week….an IFCS Standard course from a previous year’s Try-Outs:
And here is the LIVE analysis from our Facebook Page of that run:
Each training session with Popeye is improving our teamwork and leaving us both excited for the next practice. He is a truly exceptional dog, and his training (by my Coach, Mom) makes him an incredible teammate. I am so very, very lucky to be able to experience this journey with him.