Sunday, May 17, 2015

It's A Tradition

Way back, at the CWCCA National Specialty in 2012, Porter trialed on ducks for the first time. We had only even practiced on ducks a handful of times.

But yet he did the impossible - he took Reserve High in Trial out of the Started A Duck class!

Well, flash forward to the CWCCA National Specialty in 2015...

It is Stout's 1st trial on ducks. He has a little more duck practice than Porter, but not much. And what happens?

Stout also goes Reserve High in Trial out of the Started A Duck class!

Yes, I tried to recreate the photo  :)

I just hope Stout can finish his title a little more quickly... We are still working on getting that last leg for Porter!

More details coming soon!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

No Joke. Stout Actually Qualified :)

Yep, there's the proof!

Stout finally qualified in Excellent JWW the other weekend. It was shocking for me, maybe he's finally growing up! :)

It wasn't as pretty as I would like, nor as fast, but at least he didn't run off! Baby steps...

Good boy, Stout!

Here are his runs from the day before:

Much more "Stout-like"  :)

And 1 dropped bar away from a qualifying run!

I really do adore this dog...  :)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Rally Practice

I entered the dogs in a rally trial tomorrow. Actually, there are 2 trials in one day, so Stout is doing both trials & Porter is doing only one.

I'm beginning to freak out though. This will be Stout's first time in Advanced (off-leash!) & Porter's first time in Excellent. A LOT of things have changed since Porter last did rally... those signs are hard now!

I gave myself plenty of time, and we have been practicing, but I foresee some problems. Stout rocks all the signs, his problem will be the off-leash issue.

Porter is just a weirdo. I kind of take for granted all the shaping & clicker work that Stout has done... Porter doesn't understand that very well. So it's been hard to teach a lot of these signs to him. And he just gets frustrated at the lack of food delivery if my schedule is slightly off what he feels he deserves...

Here is Stout doing a little practice.

Thursday, January 29, 2015