Recording Your Runs
Every Q you get heads somewhere, but where? And if you do different organizations and trials how do you keep it all straight? A record book can help you keep it all straight. You can use a notebook, or an actual record book such as we carry! The record book holds all your dogs’ important information (shots records, emergency numbers, etc.) as well as pages for runs, trials and titles! Plus there are sheets for Agility Club information and agility friends. It’s in a three ring binder for easier access, and has all the major venues inside (AKC, USDAA, NADAC, UKC, and CPE) – and many of the less common ones are available on request. Have everything you need for your trial available in one book! It’s the little black book of Agility! …except it’s red.
When you’ve completed a title, the agency knows and will send you notification, but it’s much more fun to keep track yourself. That way you can tell yourself, and your dog that “Hey, sweetie, if we Q today, you’re a Mach! let’s go.” Maybe your dog doesn’t care… but maybe he does!
For a record book to be of use, you should record all info from the trial as soon after the trial as you can. Especially the things you did right and the the things you did wrong, so you can learn for the next time.
I realized after that first weekend of trialing, that by Monday night I really had to think about what happened on Saturday. Now I write the scores, keep a copy of the course, and write my critique of how we did, where I need to improve, what I did correct, etc.
But do it right away while it’s still fresh in your mind.
PS: we’re one Q short for NA and need two more for NJWW. Signing up for trials at the end of the month!
That’s a good point! I hadn’t thought of that.
Congratulations! hope you get it!!!