It’s been a busy 2016! Congratulations to the following teams.
Carla (Ellie) – Ellie earned her AKC Therapy Dog Advanced (THDA). She completed 100 visits with the in-patient veterans at the VA with PTSD. She also visits Daisy Hill an assisted living in Versailles.
Gale (Reggie) – Reggie has his CD obedience title and Excellent Standard and Excellent Jumpers agility titles. In March, he earned 3 Double Q’s for agility.
Charmaine (Kate) – Kate earned her first Q in Excellent Jumpers.
Marti (Deuce) – Deuce is working on his Master Preferred agility titles and qualified in Master Preferred Standard and Master Preferred Jumpers.
Check out Marti and Deuce in action!
Julie (Doc) – Doc earned his Novice Standard, Open Standard and Novice Jumpers agility titles. Doc ran his first Excellent Standard and qualified! We love that “beginners luck”.
Julie (Eli) – Eli earned his Novice Standard, Open Standard and Novice Jumpers agility titles.
Melinda (Claudette) – Super proud of Claudette who qualified for the first time in Novice Jumpers! Claudette came home with two Q’s for the weekend. Way to go Melinda and Claudette!
Kathy (Maxwell) – Maxwell has his Open Jumpers title and earned his Excellent Standard title!
Kathy (Skootchy) – Skootchy qualified in Open Standard.
Check out Kathy and Maxwell in action!
Even if you don’t recognize it by name, you have probably seen an agility competition. Designed to demonstrate a dog’s willingness to work with his handler in a variety of situations, agility is an athletic event that requires conditioning, concentration, training, and teamwork. Dogs and handlers must negotiate an obstacle course while racing against the clock.
The AKC offers three types of agility classes. The first, Standard Class, includes contact objects such as the dog walk, the A-frame, and seesaw. The second is Jumpers with Weaves. It has only jumps, tunnels and weaves poles with no contact objects to slow the pace. The third is FAST, which stands for Fifteen and Send Time. This class is designed to test handler and dog teams’ strategy skill, accuracy, speed and distance handling.
All classes offer increasing levels of difficulty to earn Novice, Open, Excellent and Master titles. After completing both an Excellent Standard title and an Excellent Jumpers title, handler and dog teams can compete for the MACH (Master Agility Championship title.)
Agility is a great form of exercise for both dog and handler, and a fun way to bond. And you don’t have to compete to enjoy agility. Taking an agility class offers many other benefits. But many people start the sport just for fun, only to get bitten by the agility bug and become lifelong competitors!
The objective of obedience trials is to recognize dogs that have been trained to behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs in a manner that will reflect credit on the sport of obedience at all times and under all conditions.
AKC Obedience trials allow exhibitors and their dogs to enjoy companionship and competition as they proudly earn AKC titles. Each level of obedience competition – Novice, Open, and Utility – requires mastering a specific skill set, which increase in difficulty, before advancing to the next level. The Novice class demonstrates good canine companion skills such as heeling, both with and without a leash, coming when called, standing for a simple physical examination, and staying in both a sit and a down position with a group of dogs. In the Novice class, dogs earn a Companion Dog (CD) title after receiving a qualifying score under three different judges.