In our morning session, I made several mistakes.
- Trying to work the course from behind the red line.
- Using a moving start with Willie.
- Using a switch command at #9.
The "turn" from #9 to #10 is actually a spot where "go back" is the appropriate command. Luckily, we have worked on that a little bit, so it wasn't totally foreign to Willie when I tried using it on this course.
In the morning session we used a running start, and Willie failed to heed my "turn" command for the right turn at #2 several times. I decided he probably didn't need quite so much momentum approaching that first turn, so for the afternoon session, I had him start from a sit stay.
The morning session got pretty messy and ugly, so I decided to take the whole experience down a notch and use the green line for our bonus practice. It allowed me to handle the course much more calmly and confidently. I'm really looking forward to tackling the Open course tomorrow.