Irritated,annoyed,sad,disappointed,angry....just a few of the emotions I felt at the last open show.
I wont be going into details regarding my results, courses were crappy and it was a very unpleasant day.
We had a learner judge ( which I understand can make mistakes) and her courses were terrible. They were courses where it made her smile knowing that almost everyone in agility 3 dq'd. Now I am all for nice,flowing and challenging courses but having a weave entry 180 degrees from coming off the see saw is just not according to the guidelines we follow. Wasn't there an over seeing judge you may ask, OH YES there was but she never made it onto the field once to look at what was put out. Now in my opinion how can you crit or "judge" a judge by sitting in your car and watching round after round. Anyway last time I run any rounds under this judge.
Another thing, toys and leads. OMW this is all becoming a joke. I understand there will be new rules coming in affect in April, hellooooo its only FEB. But apparently we need to get used to the idea so this judge has decided to enforce this rule now and then sommer for agility too!! We had a bucket a few meters behind the startline to put toys, leads and whatever else we had with us. OK fair enough. However we were not allowed to take our dog to the actual start position on lead and if we did and chucked the lead behind us, a time keeper was told to fetch it. This meant the time keeper "creeping" up behind the dog on the start to move the lead 1 meter away. What disadvantage is there if my lead is lying behind me over the rope....who knows!! So, handlers get to the last jump and their lead, toys etc are now in a bucket behind the start jump. This means handler needs to manouver their dog around the scribe table to get your belongings while another person is trying to get their belongings in the bucket before heading to the start line. I am all for having a bucket....but PLEASE make our stuff available to us after the last obstacle. This brings me to another gripe. A grade 2 dog had just run a lovely DJ round, collected their belongings and made their way to the side of the field. The dog had the ball in its mouth and in the process of going to the gazebo literally put 2 paws into the ring on the far corner. At this time the judge was eyeballing them to see how she could nail them. BAM....you are eliminated she shouted. After some discussion this decision was not reversed. The corner of the ring was cluttered with jumps, cross bars and the trailer....the only way to get off the field was to "cut the corner". EISH shame this judge must have serious issues.
Then my poor dogs…. They are quite sensitive to bad things happening. If mom is
sad, upset or cranky they know, they feel and they don't enjoy it. I had just
jumped one of my dogs and of course our lead wasn't nearby. I tried to walk him
back to the gazebo but he kept wanting to take the quickest route back which
was going across the ring. The more I called him, as I knew the judge was
eyeballing us, the more he went onto the field. I then tried to carry him, eish
too heavy. Next option was to try walk him by the scruff of his neck, he isn't
used to this and lay down thinking I was mad with him. I would never ever
manhandle or be nasty to my dogs and seems that I had to be a bit firm just to
avoid us being
"punished". My friends eventually tossed me a lead and we headed back
I was hoping for an enjoyable day out with
my dogs but sad how one person can spoil this.
I know that not many people will be
supporting this judge again, I for sure will never enter under this judge
again, hope the clubs hear our pleas....otherwise unfortunately they definately
wont have a good turn out.