Matilda was wonderful. She held her start-line stays, made her contacts, and wasn't barking madly while we waited to run. Granted this trial was indoors, not outside like our California trials. I was able to keep her away from the barking, running dogs until very shortly before we ran, but really what seemed to make the difference was that i massaged her. I massaged her shoulders, her neck, below her ears. She went into a sit and just seemed to enjoy it. I think this is what
made the difference in her being able to think and pay attention.
As an added plus to the trial, in the workers raffle, I won a really neat cooler, loaded with cheese, crackers, candy, and two Starbucks frappucchino drinks.