Game for the week ~ Time Gamble


What makes Time Gamble different from standard agility is that the course distance and standard course time are not given. The purpose of this game is for the handler to guess how much time it will take to do the course with his dog. Before the class is started all handlers are required to give the scribe the guess of their final score.

Time Gamble is scored time plus faults, minus the handler’s guess. The difference between the dog’s actual score and the handler’s guess is the dog’s final score. The winner is the dog with the lowest difference.

Faults are added to the dog’s time. 5 Faults are given for Missed Contacts (down only), knocked bars, and wrong course. There are no specific faults for the weave poles. However if the dog misses the entry or pops a pole the handler must fix it, or will earn failure to perform. Failure to perform is 10 faults. Refusals are not faulted.

This game will be scored Time, Plus faults. If the handler anticipates earning faults, then they should be included in the guess for the game. Closest guess +/- wins.

Bud’s Google-proof Trivia Contest

I’m predicting that this young fellow is going to be hugely popular over the next couple of decades. Who is he?

The first correct answer posted as a reply to this blog post wins a free copy of the March Jokers Notebook.


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8 Responses to “Game for the week ~ Time Gamble”

  1. Karissa Says:

    How is Qualifying determined for this game?

    • budhouston Says:

      That’s a really good question. I would be inclined to make it:

      * GI +/- 10 points
      * GII +/- 8 points
      * GIII +/- 5 points


  2. Susie Says:

    Is that Ashton Kutcher?
    Blog 573

  3. Sandy Says:

    Is it Joe Jonas?

  4. Mark & Ebby Says:

    Anton Yelchin from Alpha Dog.
    Can I get last month’s Notebook?
    Mark & Ebby

    • budhouston Says:

      This is indeed Anton Yelchin, who played the lead role in the movie Charlie Bartlett, and played Pavel Chekov in the movie Star Trek.

      Sure, you can get the February Notebook.


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