Something flipped a switch with Pre, and as we approached the field, he began to load, barking and hopping. So, when we took our position for the down, he was amped. I recalled that he had been a little squirrely on the down before, and so instead of turning my back to him I stood sideways. When Minna recalled her dog, Pre started to get up on his elbows, turning slightly. I pointed my finger at him and he layed back down. But I went to him to straighten out his position and let him know that despite being a trial, I could still do that. This is one of the beautiful things about going as the demo dog. You can't break out in play on the field, but you can make corrections and praise reasonably and surprise the dog that thinks he/she is untouchable in competition. You let them know that the correction collar might be absent, but you still have your hands.
He was really squirmy on the down and it took me a minute to make sure the position was straight and calm. It was clear that he wanted to be up and doing something. anything! It was a very good opportunity, as he had been perfect on in similar practice on his home field.
When we began heeling, he was still cranked up and started barking and jumping as he walked. Unacceptable! I was able to tell him (quietly) "no", and use my hand on his chin to correct the barking. By the time we made our about turn, he had settled in properly. He moved nicely through the group and you can see the contrast in attention between the two dogs. I made a mistake that I will be sure not to do in the future--- instead of taking the figure eight to the left first as I practice and making it corners rather than rounded, I rounded it off and stepped to the right as the dog was still moving forward. I did this with both Pre and Cooper, losing the dog for a moment. It was captured on film and I immediately recognized my fault in the matter. It was helpful for my learning, as I will most certainly remember to do this properly in the future. It was so ridiculous to find myself doing exactly what I instruct our club members not to do! So there is my confession!