Way back in 2001 when Blaze was a puppy, I did a lot of reading online about dogs and training – very quickly I learned about dog sports/activities – including competition obedience. For many reasons (dog health! behavior challenges! rules at the time prohibiting mixed breed dogs!) I just wasn’t able to do much with Blaze and Luna.
Finally, after all this time, we’ve been able to achieve the goal. Griffin and I finished the AKC Companion Dog title two weeks ago!
It was a very hot/humid day. The trial was in a barn at a fairgrounds, no air conditioning but many huge fans. A conformation show was in an outdoor/tent area with announcements made through the loudspeaker system in the whole area.
It wasn’t our best performance – but we passed even with the challenging environment. He did his best heeling in a trial. The figure 8 was hilarious – as we went around a person the breeze changed and her skirt blew right against his face! During the stays arm bands started to blow away and almost created a lure coursing situation! The judge went and intervened to catch the escaping arm band.
Now we’re excited to move up and work towards additional goals.