August Issue Contents
August 2021 Issue ~ Volume XLIX - Number 11
August Issue Contents
August 2021 Issue ~ Volume XLIX - Number 11
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- Front & Finish – Top 100 Dogs of 2020
- Feature Story ~The Last Five ~ Dave Pluth
- A Common Bond ~ Under Control ~ Deborah Neufeld
- Reading About Dogs ~ How Stella Learned To Talk ~ Elizabeth Raba
- Doggedly Obedient ~ Happy Ratters Trial ~ Marilyn Miller
- Course Practice ~ Advanced Rally Challenges ~ Beatrice Moore
- UKC Program Manager ~ UKC Nosework ~ Karen Shivers
- Away From The Dog House ~ Recalls! ~ Glenna MacLeod
- Playing By The Rules ~ How To Prevent Anticipation ~ Catherine Zinsky
- Random Little Tidbits ~ Excusal vs. Release Reference Chart ~ John Cox
- Biscuits & Bones ~ Trials ~ Bob Self Jr.
Recommended Reading for Everyone
There are three(3) important sections in Chapter 2 of the Obedience Regulations that help define good judging, and should be kept in mind at all times if you choose to judge.
I like to introduce my young dogs to the concept of taking direction. I do this with ‘marking’ lids.
I went to Infodog to see what other shows were listed for the State of Maine. There were only two shows listed with a Premium List. No judges had as yet been assigned.
If you’d like to have some challenging Advanced Rally course practice, I’d like to offer some to you.
Book Review: Attitiude + Attention = TEAMWORK: Seven Steps to Success by Catherine L. Zinsky
This article is not meant to be a lesson on how to obtain a trick dog championship. It is just the tale of my journey during the summer of 2020. A Canadian, senior, who loves playing and working with her dogs.
More Reading for Everyone
Number one in our hearts! The AKC Museum of the Dog is pleased to announce its next exhibit. “Top Dogs” celebrates the American Kennel Club’s ten most popular breeds. This exhibit will open May 5th 2021 and will run through August 29th 2021.
43% believe dog owners who don’t walk their pets should receive a life ban from owning pets. Half think tying up dogs for over an hour should be illegal.
President Joe Biden’s younger dog Major this week was involved in a second biting incident of the month. The dog “nipped someone while on a walk” on Monday, said Michael LaRosa, press secretary to first lady Jill Biden, adding that the dog “is still adjusting to his new surroundings.”
Many of us are still not able to get out and about with our dogs due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Fortunately, there are some wonderful activities and titling opportunities in which we can participate while we wait for trials and shows to fully reopen around the country.
I am the program manager for the United Kennel Club (UKC) for Nosework, Obedience and Rally. UKC is a Kalamazoo, Michigan-based company founded in 1898 and is the largest All-Breed performance-dog registry in the world, registering dogs from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries.
Because of the Pandemic, AKC laid off a substantial percentage of their staff and workers. The remaining staff must be overwhelmed trying to keep up amid the chaos. I have always counted on AKC to process the results of my efforts (scores from events), record and send the titles we’ve earned, and they have done a spectacular job.
Seems like there’s a lot of controversy about the state of our sport today… Although social media increases the level of static, there’s always been active debate among the sport’s supporters.
New canine exercise equipment praised by training enthusiasts.
From Recent Issues
View the complete UKC Premier Nationals premium list here!
As our shows are coming around and getting back into the swing of things, have you kept up to date with the AKC Obedience/Rally blog
Starting April 1, the AKC instituted a new Fix ‘n Go program in obedience competition. This may be the single most important rule change that I have witnessed in my 50 years of participating in this sport.
Scent Work is a sport where the dog locates an odor and communicate that it has found the odor to its handler. AKC held the first Scent Work trial in September 2017.
During the month of May, Front & Finish celebrates pets. For me this seemed to be a perfect time to celebrate my own pets and to share with others some of the joy they have brought me and my family.
Using a “V” technique will help to prevent your dog from getting into the habit of cutting the corner of the broad jump. It will also give your dog more arch and ensure he takes the middle.
If you’re interested in learning about AKC Rally, you may already have a dog that can do the required skills, as long as you, too, can perform the required skills. The hardest thing about Rally is for you, the handler, to perform the skills and know how to help your dog to do their part. If you make a mistake, so does your dog. Most of the deductions in Rally are caused by the Handler!!!
In class one night last month our trainer had a mini course set up. The wording on the jump confused me. I asked Staci if this was the jump where you have to send the dog over and he returns back to you in heel position?
We are lucky to be living in what is fast becoming the golden age of dog research. For years, scientists treated dogs as animals unworthy of serious study due to the particular complications inherent in studying a domestic species, especially one so intricately intertwined with humans.
In this issue, I would like to introduce the UKC Rally Program. The revised program went into effect on July 2, 2020 with the addition of many new signs and a completely new level.
There’s no substitute for repetition in learning. How many times do athletes run drills? How much practice does it take to get to the Olympics? How much work does it take to earn an OTCH?
Approximately forty-two percent of all households own a dog and there are over seventy-five million individuals who own dogs. While dogs are one of the most beloved companions of man, the majority of owner’s don’t train dogs.
Top Dog:Shetland Sheepdog, Ivanlee Let The Games Begin BN RN CGC ~ Owned & Handled by K Darling
Top Dog: Keeshond, Wyndspell Effervescent CD ~ Owned & Handled by M Crain
Top Dog: Golden Retriever RACH U-CDX, URO 3 Ayrshire’s Time Will Tell UDX5 OM4 PUTD BN RAE4 RM4JH TKP CGC VC CCA RM JH TKP WC CCA VC CGC ~ Owned by Nancy & Jack Burns. Handled by Nancy.
A judge’s case is comprised of ones tools of the trade. Many of the items needed for judging are supplied by the judge. It s NOT the obligation of a club, Superintendent or Show Secretary to provide anything other than:
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