The first month of the NDAL 54×70 Games league, Winter series, featured a game called Time Gamble, designed by Bud Houston, based on placement of equipment by game master Geoff Teare.
The briefing on the course map gives a good description of the rules for Time Gamble. We asked that the handler announce the guess at the beginning of the video just to ensure that the guess came before the run.
Each handler was faced with having to guess not only how fast the dog would complete the course, but how many faults might be earned.
This was a fun game that allowed for dogs that might not be the fastest or the most error free, to post a competitive score.
Follow this link to view individual performance by dogs and their handlers. Most of these are graced with a YouTube link:
The Top Dog in the January 2020 54×70 games league represented Country Dream Agility out of Waterford Ohio. The Top Dog for January was Ozzie, a Poodle handled by Shannon Tuttle. Ozzie is a very novice dog that is fearful of the teeter. And so her guess of 80 included her estimate of time AND the faults earned by passing up an obstacle. Ozzie and Shannon finished the game with 25 faults in 55 seconds for a perfect score of zero.
First Place Team
K9 Manners & More out of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma won the January Games competition. The top scoring dog for K9 Manners was Rebel, a Mini American Shepherd handled by Gary Reeves. Gary guessed 38. Rebel finished the course with zero faults in 37.88, earning a score of 0.12:
Second Place Team
Agility Dream Dogs out of Albion, New York managed a second-place finish in January, it a very close competition. The top scoring dog for Agility Dream was Gracie, a Border Collie handled by Gary McCarthy (who guessed 25). Gracie and Gary finished the game with zero faults in 24.97 seconds, earning a score of 0.03:
Third Place Team
Country Dream Agility in Waterford, Ohio finished in third place in January, not all that far out of first place. As the top scoring dog for Country Dream earned Top Dog honors, the next best score for Country dream came from Katniss, a Mix handled by Bud Houston (who guessed 33). Katniss finished the course with zero faults in 32.96 seconds, earning a score of 0.04:
The top scoring dog for All Breed Training Club Of Akron (out of Tallmadge, Ohio) was Zoe, a Border Collie handled by Beth Trayers. Zoe and Beth (who guessed 48), finished the game with 10 faults in 36.7 seconds, for a score of 1.3:
The top scoring dog for Sport Dogs Jalisco out of Guadalajara, Mexico was Cody, a Bichon handled by Maria Elena Perez (who guessed 71. Cody finished the course with 25 faults in a time of 44.81 seconds for a final score of 1.19:
The top scoring dog for Matrix Dog out of Westminster, Colorado was Lucy, an Australian Shepherd handled by John Fisher (who guessed 56. Lucy finished the course with 5 faults in 49.03 seconds for a score of 1.97:
New teams are always welcome to join us for NDAL league play. You are welcome to join any of our four ongoing leagues. The February 2020 National Dog Agility League games and courses have been published here:
Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. Visit our web store: www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Joker’s Notebook, a series of workbooks dedicated to teaching agility dogs and their handlers to work at a distance apart.