January Issue Contents

January 2021 Issue ~ Volume XLIX - Number 4
January 2021 Issue
Volume XLIX - Number 4

For The Love of Showing

Philia is non-romantic love between equals or a love for activities. Ai means the love of things or activities. These two words don’t begin to tell the story how I fell in love with showing.

RNC & NOC In The Age of COVID-19

AKC had to cancel the RNC and NOC in July due to CoVid 19, but shifted it to Orlando in December 2020 replacing the AKC Classic. It is an interesting time to compete in dog events of any kind.

Tricks Training

Rocko, Blaze and I have been working for months on different tricks for our AKC Tricks titles. Since no classes have been offered for Tricks we learned together.

Training At Home

Struggling to find a place to train? Days are short, buildings shut, classes cancelled. If you’re feeling discouraged you’re not alone!

Did You Double-Check the Judge’s Book?

The awards just concluded it’s time to head off to Dairy Queen. But wait! Do you know for sure if your score is entered correctly in the Judge’s Book and the math is correct?

White River Golden Retriever Club

Golden Retriever Specialties & 

Two Concurrent All-Breed Obedience Trials

August 14th & 15th, 2021

Climate Controlled Buildings ~ Matted Rings

Sanctioned OC Matches Friday & Saturday Evenings

Mark Your Calendar!  ~  Details Coming Soon!

White River Golden Retriever Club

Golden Retriever Specialties & 

Two Concurrent All-Breed Obedience Trials

August 14th & 15th, 2021

Climate Controlled Buildings ~ Matted Rings

Sanctioned OC Matches Friday & Saturday Evenings

Mark Your Calendar!  ~  Details Coming Soon!

Past & Present

First OTCH

As we just released our most recent OTCH listing this month we though the following article would be fun. Initially published in September 1977 Front & Finish. Russell Klipple and His Golden Retriever “Morland’s Golden Tonka UD” accumulated enough points to become the first obedience champion on Saturday, July 23, 1977. The following day Topbrass Cisco Kid and his owner, Pauline Czarnecki, earned their obedience championship.

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Southside Entry 512!!

How it used to be… Southside All-Breed Dog Training Club Inc. held their 24th Annual Obedience Trial on October 31st, 1971, on the main floor of the spacious Amphitheatre in Chicago Illinois.
There was no witchcraft involved, but we were bewitched with an entry of 512, comprised of 420 dogs.  Entries represented the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, and Iowa participated with n69 different breeds of dogs entered.  Tied for first place for the largest entry were German Shepherd Dogs and Poodles with 76 dogs each.

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Dealing With Disappointment

Still excellent advice… If you do any kind of dog sport for any length of time, you soon learn that there is a lot of disappointment that goes along with playing the dog game. No matter how prepared you are, no matter how much you practice, on some days things just don’t go your way. How you deal with that disappointment can have a major impact on your attitude towards your hobby and your future success in the sport of dogs.
Let’s say that you’re going for an excellent leg.

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Our Target Group

It is a constant dilemma in our sport: How do we cultivate new participants? Clearly, exposure is a primary requirement for recruiting new handlers to join us. People can’t become interested in something if they don’t know it exists. News and television coverage reach a lot of people who might want to train their dogs. Unfortunately, the catch 22 is that you generally can’t get such coverage unless people already want to see it. So we have to find other ways to increase our exposure to the public. If we don’t, Obedience may slowly fade into history.

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New Beginnings

Remember Y2K? This one goes back a few years but their’s still some practical advice for Agility enthusiasts. ~ ~ ~ Welcome to Y2K! May this be a year full of fun and success for you and your agility teammate. The beginning of a New Year always makes us think of starting over fresh, beginning with a clean slate. So, in that spirit, let’s talk about starting off right with a new agility-prospect puppy. We get lots of questions from people who have never done agility before, but who want to do all the right things with their new pup. So, for those new handlers and new dogs here are a few good basics.

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Canine Robots Replacing Real Therapy Dogs

Look at this press release that came across my desk… Robots Could Replace Real Therapy Dogs ~ Robotic animals could be the ‘pawfect’ replacement for our real-life furry friends, a new study published today by the University of Portsmouth has found. Animals, especially dogs, can have therapeutic benefits for children and young people. A new paper, published in The International Journal of Social Robotics, has found that the robotic animal, ‘MiRo-E’, can be just as effective and may even be a better alternative.

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Animal Farm Foundation Launches Pets Together Program

Animal Farm Foundation has announced the launch of Pets Together, a free virtual program that allows those who are socially isolated due to the COVID-19 pandemic to enjoy friendly interaction with pets (including dogs, cats, goats, horses, and other critters) and people. The goal of the program is to increase social connection and mitigate the loneliness that is a painful aspect of the pandemic.

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Paws for some "best friend" memes...

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