Last weekend we went to the first AKC Scent Work trials (finding a specific, hidden odor), held as part of the Eukaneuba Performance Games. Griffin and I aren’t great at nosework, but we had a good weekend in May and as Continue reading AKC Scent Work!
It’s fun to still have ‘first’ experiences with Griffin! Last weekend we had our first time of running in the AKC premier class. This is an optional class for dogs who have finished Excellent (level 3) and want to try Continue reading Agility First Time Experiences
The United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) had this event last year in Ohio and for 2017 they expanded it to three (east, west, central). We had so much fun at the trial doing agility, watching agility, rally, swimming – Continue reading Titlemania 2017!
The American Kennel Club (AKC) has been creating more new programs over the last few years. Part of this is to provide opportunities for people with varied interests and dogs with different strengths. (And part of it is suspected to Continue reading AKC Farm Dog Certification Program
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 Continue reading Griffin – Companion Dog!
Griffin does not do well with nose-related-activities. It’s been very hard to train him those kinds of tasks and it’s one of the reasons our obedience trials are on hold. We’re part of a group that holds nosework trials through Continue reading UKC Nosework
Last fall we attempted a retriever certificate test. We didn’t pass -but it really truly seemed like bad luck vs a specific training challenge. He did really well despite having very little training for that type of event and it Continue reading Griffin Returns to Hunting Training
The first time we went to Minnesota was in 2014 – with just Griffin and Blaze. Now I’ve made the trip many times, with many different dogs. The initial trip was very stressful – I was worried about getting there Continue reading MN April 2017 :: Dog Adventures
On Monday we had one of our many trips to visit the rehab vet that keeps Griffin and Viktor as well as possible after past health challenges. For both of the dogs it was a recheck and hoping that nothing Continue reading MN April 2017 :: Vet Trip
Recently I read a training article that compared a beginner perspective (try something until you can get it right once or twice) to the perspective of someone more experienced (keep working until you don’t get it wrong). We’ve been talking Continue reading Testing Your Training