We entered our first obedience trial on Saturday 9/13/14 in the Novice "A" category. While Kaya did very well, we were a few seconds shy of qualifying. She broke her honor stay 7 seconds shy of completion. Everything else she did great! I messed up a few things as well (as our score sheet indicated "multiple handler errors") which cost us some points. We started formal obedience training at the beginning of this summer. It was great fun for both of us. She got so excited every Saturday morning when I would grab the "dog bag" and head for the door. Entering the Novice category was probably pretty risky at our stage, but we figured what's the worst that could happen? The judge said that she was sad that Kaya did not qualify. She said the rest of her performance was excellent and that we must stay with this. So back to training this fall.