This 2-page LO describes my frustration when the shelties fail to perform their contacts correctly in competition, even though they're perfect in class.
"On occasion, both Rusty and Flash seem convinced that just below the surface of the yellow paint on each contact obstacle lives the CONTACT MONSTER."
In order to complete a contact obstacle successfully, the dog must place AT LEAST PART OF ONE TOE into the yellow zone at the bottom of the contact obstacle for safety's sake. It is left up to the handler how to train and accomplish this. The shelties have been trained to stop at the bottom of the contact with their 2 hind feet up on the contact and their 2 front feet on the ground. Sometimes (a lotta times...) during the heat of competition, stopping becomes a major annoyance for them and they figure out new and different ways to NOT step into the yellow, thus incurring a Non Qualifying score.
We're always told that we should NOT make the judge think. Thinking on the part of the judge is BAD. Does Flash (L) have ONE TOE in the yellow??? Does Rusty (R) ??? What do YOU think???
I wanted to introduce some element of grunge into this LO as a means of expressing my frustration. I used shrink plastic and blue plastic grid to make the MONSTER embellies. I used the same plastic grid to "stamp" with blue paint over the background as well as the photos. I used yellow flocking on the title letters to simulate the look and feel of the contact zones and the "A" in Contact is made from shrink plastic.