So our first UpDog in St Louis went well. We had a terrific turn out with nearly 120 runs. It was a beautiful day and, I think we all had a great time. I had some audio trouble and was unable to run everything wirelessly from my phone and was not as efficient as I would have liked, but Paige Curtis stepped up to rescue me, manning the sound to make the trains run on time and provide some fun sound effects and tunes for us for most of the day.
Thanks a ton to Barb Champaigne for stepping up to judge the Dog category in FS and do some time as a field judge and to Deb Mardin for covering for Apryl at work so that Apryl could be our FS Team Judge. Thanks also go out to Aleaha Parmeley for stepping up to be the Execution judge.
Toss and Fetch, Single Disc, Mini-Distance, Throw and Catch, whatever you want to call it, the timed distance game with 1 disc, while an interesting event, is no way to introduce players to the sport of canine disc.
Reading the disc is a skill that astute dogs and humans pick up rather quickly. The float, the spin, and the speed can reliably be gauged and predicted after several reps. Of course this changes with wind, disc choice, and throwing ability but, generally speaking, the flight path of a disc is easily predicted.