Ronin was entered in Utility A both days.
Saturday we had a problem during heeling part of the Signals Exercise: like a novice he was. As we neared the gate before an about turn Ronin decided to check out the spectators (wag, wag). I had to give a verbal (NQ) and he responded, jumping around and running to catch up, passing me as judge said "Stand your dog" so I had to lunge to get the hand signal in front of him (major points). I left to the other end of the ring and gave the Sit command. Good. Someone breathes in the quiet room and he spooks, scooting forward a yard (NQ). Then on the Directed Retrieve I forgot the command. Hmmm, "Numberrr ONE" I said (instead of "Take One"). Ronin moves out between glove one and glove two, turns stops, and gives me a look, "WHAT?" (NQ). Other than that we did good. I say "Close."
Sunday we had practiced with the gloves a bit, so we got that done. Directed Jumps still good. Moving Stand for Exam Good. Signals, good heeling, good stop, good wait. Good down. "What was that one, Jon? Did we ever do that one, Jon?" (Yes, that was the SIT, Ronin). Second command ok (NQ). Recall OK, front OK, finish OK--but NQ! Then on the Scent Discrimination first article was metal. After a sit. Run out and grab any article (leather) and run back (NQ). Second article, OK. Sigh. Judge says "Close."
Today we worked on all those problems and did some Open exercises anticipating his moving on to UDX soon (eternal optimism).