That's what someone said to us today, and that's what we did. They weren't perfect scores. Maggie wasn't interested in laying down without a treat, and I apparently don't know how to do a figure 8. But they were good enough to qualify! She has 4 legs of her Rally Novice - we only needed 3, but we weren't brave enough to try intermediate today, so we got an extra. It's hard to describe how proud I am. I'm sort of walking around with my head in a cloud. I can't wait to see what we do next. We still have work to do. There are skills to work on, but also continuing to build Maggie's confidence. I know she's the best dog in the world, but I'm not sure she knows it yet.
I wish I could encourage more people to get out there and try it. I was so intimidated by the "perfect" dogs out there. And there truly are some amazing handlers and dogs. But there is room for new people too. And the people at the kennel club have been so supportive and encouraging that it makes me want to work harder and do more with her. There's no way that Maggie and I would have the relationship we do without the training we've done together. I really struggle with new groups of people. It's funny that Maggie and I kind of have the same personality, we're cautious around strangers. But I feel like I've found my people. I wish we'd done this years ago. I would be better at figure 8's by now! It's fun to have dogs in our lives, but it's even more fun to do things with them!