Class is going SO well! I think after the night that Steeler was so distracted, running away from me and wanting to play with Trixie, I finally started to truely relax. Nothing bad happened that night and no one made me feel like I didn't belong in class - and it was like a big mental sigh of relief. I don't think I even realized that the stress was there. Every one in class is competing at the Excellent level in AKC - so sometimes I feel a little bit intimidated - not by the people but more by my own expectations. Does that make any sense?
Here's the course map (roughly) for class. This week we stuck with jumping Steeler at 20 inches.
As you might imagine - there were lots of potential challenges in the course. To start there was the two jumps set up on a straight path to the a frame. Initially several of us walked that begining sequence as a lead out close to jump number three. Instead Catie had us try a front cross in front of the 2nd jump - with a slight lead out. Then there was the discrimination between the a frame and the tunnel from 4 to 5.
We also worked a short sequence at the end of class from jump #10 -#15, wrapped 15 to the unnumbered jump to the teeter. I know that things are starting to come together because when I finished that exercise Catie said "WOW - that was great Jenn!" :-) Go do it again. And if felt good.... it felt like Steeler and I were connected and I knew where I was going and what I was doing.