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Snooker snookering snooked

Our only consistent Q is snooker in USDAA. This weekend we got TWO snooker Super Qs and I have never really realized this until this weekend and now I am pondering why it seems we are a good snooker team.
My thoughts go like this: I go into the snooker run with a different head, a little lighter in my feet, many alternative ideas if things don't go as planned, kind of a cowboy yahoo head, ready to wing it. I often have spots in my plans where I need to pull Stella in right to my side, as we keep moving eye to eye, which is a different kind of teamwork than say jumpers or even standard. But also on the other hand there are also these big catapulting releases--I hold her hold her hold her as we move together past those treacherous obstacle sirens calling to her and then send way out to grab something like a jet propelled flying monkey. But then, and I think this might be the crux of it and I don't know how to make this translate so nicely to those other things (standard or jumpers, gamblers will always just be a gamble) but Stella in snooker mode really is in that perfect balance zone between watching me intently while flash scanning for possible obstacles to grab and she has several gears and is so ready and up and so absolutely perfect with this collect-collect-and-go get it game. My sweet snooker dog!!

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matildasmom
Mar. 17th, 2014 03:06 pm (UTC)
Two Super Q's, wow! Maybe it's like a squirrel hunt.
dinahprincedaly
Mar. 17th, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
ha! maybe
loralei913
Mar. 17th, 2014 04:23 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I always thought snooker would be hard for a dog that isn't as easily motivated, so many call offs, so much "WTF, this isn't a real course". But I think you are on to something, holding them back, holding on to them, you know they really WANT that obstacle, but you hold them back and then say, "Ok, THAT one!" Holding them back to make them WANT it even more, even if they didn't really WANT it all that badly in the first place. An alternate way to build drive? Telling them no, you can't have that one? I wind up going into snooker pretty much with a "course" in my head, not really thinking about it as red-color-red-color-red-color, but as a regular course, as bizarre a course as it may be, that I designed that *I* must run to the best of my ability. More difficult when things go wrong, but that's kind of the challenge too, how to get back on *MY* course when things go wrong. Not my favorite game (ok, I don't like games at all) but an interesting way to think about it.
dinahprincedaly
Mar. 17th, 2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
I tried something bizarre with my second snooker run... put her in a sit at the start, walked way out to a serp clear at the other end of the arena and whew! released her... built that crazy anticipation like crazy and she was much faster than if I'd run the whole distance with her keeping her off everything else... i think up that kind of "flow"
talesofmyboys
Mar. 17th, 2014 05:22 pm (UTC)
My red dog Steam loved snooker when he did agility. He has fear and confidence issues but he thought the crazy game of snooker was just the best. We really do "let our hair down," so to speak, when we play snooker and he loved that.
dinahprincedaly
Mar. 17th, 2014 06:04 pm (UTC)
Hair down--yeah. If I could just do the shutdown thing a little I think it'd be more fun for Stel. On this subject I also realized I have a competition face for the other events. I felt it. The muscles in my face doing something tense and serious and maybe worried and It can't look good to Stella. Must leave that face home.
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