This weekend, September 4-7, Drummer and I head to the No Chicken Ranch at Okotoks for the Dave and Trudy Vickland herding clinic and a Fun Match!!! Packing all my snow and rain gear for this event as the weather forecast is for blah blah weather. Wet, rain, sleet, and maybe snow. Grrrrr.
Was going to pull the rig and stay onsite but no way. Thank goodness I have fabulous friends and can beg a bed for the weekend at the Labrador Ranch with Grant and Marion.
Drummer has been pulling off the most wonderful wide outruns. I sure hope he can show Dave some of that talent. We will come away with all kinds of good stuff.
We did a great job at the CCCC competitions at the Winchester Ranch coming away with a Reserve High in Trial. Good dog!!
September 26-27, both Drummer and Castle have made it into the SDDA (Scent Dog Detection Assoc.) trial in Red Deer !!! Scary as we haven't done much practice and as a result, we were lucky to get into the pre-trial workshop on the Friday before so that Judge, Teresa Lewin, can go over the rules and help us with what we can and cannot do in competition. The judge interprets the work so it's nice to know what the work should look like to her.
My goal is to have Drummer pass the exterior hide without peeing on something. Castle, of course, hasn't done any trials yet, so he is an adventure waiting to happen.
October 7th to 12th, Drummer, Castle and I join my friends, Sheena and Ellen, for the Canucks go South trip and we head to Boise, Idaho for some AKC action. I will stick to the Rally ring and after practicing with Castle last night, I think I could come away with some pretty nice scores if I keep my handling precise. Drummer is rusty but I have time to play with him. And I am happy to say that my entries have been accepted to this show!!!!
October 31st is the Sit Happens! WCR competition and both my dogs have made it into the trial.
Super duper!!! We get a chance to work on our Level Two Rally titles. Must book the Cowley Hall a time or two before then to really get into the larger space for practice.
And then, we need to get our entries into the Lethbridge and District Kennel Club Dog Show in November. Both Obedience and Scent Hurdle for the Due South Team.
As you can imagine, between lessons and practice, and just keeping the kennel in good stead for the boarding dogs, we don't have a lot of 'wiggle' time here at Shadowbar.
We have some amazing pups attending private lessons right now and they, in four lessons, have mastered the walk on leash properly, the front, the sit at heel, some focused attention while heeling, the moving down, and the stay. Plus they can be recalled while another dog is in motion. They have played at agility by running through tunnels and working on the low wall. And they are learning to heel without a leash in the outdoor ring. Pretty nice work for dogs under 6 months of age.
So nice to see that the owners have taken the time to properly socialize their dogs to other animals so that they can be somewhat more relaxed in these situations, ignoring the other animals and focusing on their owners.
Most of you who follow this blog already know that I am NOT a fan of meet and greet on leash or off leash dog parks and day care for my dogs. When my dogs are out for a run with me, they are WITH ME.
Here is a link to a really good article written by Robin Bennet.
Please take the time to read it. Very interesting. Until next time...
"May a good shepherd watch over you."