The Table has a device on it which is swung over the dogs back and dropped down until it touches their shoulders and it measures how tall the dog is. It looks like a device the devil invented, and I don't blame him for being a little leary of it.
Anyway Simon "tolerated" being measured, and his height at the withers in 16.675 inches, which means he can jump in the 16 inch class in AKC and 18 inches in International Competition. Which is the International Sweepstakes Class that the AKC occassionally offers.
Simon met another agility IG at this trial and we had a really nice off leash play with them. Laila Holmes and her two IGS from Portland came up for Sunday and she competed with Duccatti in Open and she had her puppy Joey along with her. Joey who is 8 months loved playing chase with Simon who instantly liked the little guy.
At these trials I try as much as I can to have Simon pay attention too me. He is so interested in sniffing where other dogs have pottied that he looses his head. So when he's on the leash I reward him for being with me and paying attention, and when he's off leash and comes when called, he gets huge rewards too. I still have to time the call, to when I know he doesn't have his nose buried in a spot where another dog has been. He just doesn't respond fast enough in that situation, so I usually don't call him until he's got his head up and will actually come when he hears his name. Eventually, he'll drop whatever he's doing and come when called no matter what, but that will take more time and work. If I call him at the wrong time, he just keeps the command in his register and when he's finished smelling or marking, he'll come, but it isn't immediately, so I try and time my commands so that he will succeed, and not have an opportunity to ignore or delay doing what I've asked.
Simon gets lots of attention from a lot of the competitors and behaves himself when he meets everyone. If he really likes you and knows you, his greeting is to say hello by climbing up on your lap if it is available, and putting a leg on each shoulder and looking you right in the eyes, maybe licking your nose, and then giving you a love rub, which is a nice nuzzle of your neck or chest with his head. It's very cute.