I am so excited, after having to wait an entire 5 months it is almost time to train the team again. True that means that school is right around the corner also, we go back on Thursday, but still training the team outweighs just about everything.
The month of August has been a rather busy month for me. I am in 4-H and as most of you know I show at the fair, which is at the end of August. As a result I spend most of August doing last minute preparations on projects of all kinds.
This year however there was one part of the fair showing that did not take place during fair week. That was the dog show which, as a mater of fact, took place two weeks before the fair.
As I do nearly every year I showed at the dog show. This year I took Taruk again as he has been the dog I am training, currently. The first class of the day was Showmanship, one of my favorites. Taruk is not an incredibly showy dog, but he stacks really nicely without a lot of persuasion so he makes a good showmanship dog. I am entered in open showmanship because I have won in my age division in past years.
The main two people who show in open showmanship are Heather and I. We trade off who wins nearly every year because our styles and abilities are nearly the same. This year after the judge had us do some rather complicated maneuvers Heather was picked as the winner while I placed second blue.
The next class we were in was Novice obedience. I was an absolute wreck before going into the ring. I had never shown Novice before, and given that it is the first group where off leash work is used I had good reason to be nervous. Taruk surprised me, he behaved really well. True he lagged a little while heeling, but to be honest I expected him to take off out of the ring. He even did his recall, though he wouldn’t step over the chalk markers on the floor. In the end we took second place by only three points! What an accomplishment for our first time in Novice! And to tell the truth I am happy we didn’t win, this allows me another year to work him at this level so that he is ready when we move up again.
The last class of the day was agility where Taruk surprised me again. We did both standard and Jumps, Tunnels, and Tables. In both classes we placed second, a huge improvement over last year when Taruk was jumping over tunnels and running around jumps.
Overall I would say we have had a very successful season of training together, and I am excited for next year. However, it is now time to change gears and get to work in harness. Hopefully the weather will be nice to us and the next update will be about fall training.
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