The Newfoundland Club of Seattle ran a Fun Match in Maple Valley this weekend. My goal was not have to use the gentle leader on or off the rally obedience course (goal accomplished). We had entered for three runs.
Every dog is different. I assume some are ambivalent to the indoor/outdoor differences but Nim notoriously does better on outdoor courses. I have met dogs that are the absolute opposite.
You can see we start on the common fence with another obedience course. The dogs may often be right next to each other with just the fencing in-between. One dog may be in motion while the other is in a stay. Tough stuff for the dogs.
The first time we ran our course there was a boxer on the other side and the handler had just stopped their run to pull the dog together. Boy have I been there.
For a drop the ideal is an "accordion" fold to drop to the ground (not a sit first and then a down - that was the earlier sign) which he is demonstrating nicely.
The gal in the ring with me was great to have. She was acting in the ring steward/judge role which was a really good part of the experience.
She has a young newfie (about 8 months) and we met during a rally practice a couple of months ago.
Nim was so naughty at that practice (one of those meltdowns in which he drops to the ground, rolls over, and starts kicking) that she watched me march him off the course, recollect, and start over again. He had to wear the gentle leader almost the entire time.
So it was fun to have someone who knows him see his progress. Her boy was so naughty at this event that he was already home for the day. :)
After rally we had to run to Mercer Island and meet up with another dog handler and then it was off to my mom's house for a bath.
Digging through her cabinets I found this dehydrated dog food packet. It is from The Honest Kitchen and Nim was about to have a meltdown waiting 5 minutes for it. He was actually probably pretty hungry after his hard working day.