So I'm wondering how many members here do events or jobs with their dog. I mean anything from Therapy dog to Conformation to Agility to Obedience? What breed (or mixed breed) do you do it with and how did you get involved in it? I saw a demonstration of Rally at our last Kennel Club meeting and it looks really interesting!
To start off with, I have a mixed breed Bowen right now that we don't do any events with currently outside of public education type things. He is obedience trained though. I had an Akita that I did conformation with for about a year, but she wasn't show quality and has since been spayed. She lives with my mom now and is very happy.
We had actually put deposit on a show newfoundland last year, but due to financial difficulties resulting from not 1, both of our vehicles breaking down, we had to use almost all of our 'dog funds' to get them up and runnning agian :P So sadly, we're forfeiting our desposit on the Newf I think. We would just hold out until next year but this is the last year that our breeder is breeding, she's breeding just enough to satisfy the people who are on the waiting list for her dogs and then that's done. We do still plan on getting a show dog in the next year or two but we want to be sure we have the resources to both provide a great home for the dog and proper medical care, as well as have the money required to get supplies to train and groom him for the show ring.. and pay for the shows too heh. Anyway enough rambling. Brag on!!
I do conformation and hope to get into lure coursing if I get some time on the weekends to drive to the events.
I'm sending one of my boys off with a handler on the 13th and he will hopefully come back with his championship. I've put a few points on him, but I work to many weekends.
I show my other boy in conformation as well, both afghans. We are showing tommarow and sunday for anyone who wants to come up to the 5th batallion in baltimore at 3:15 pm to see the afghans. No stalkers please I can defend myself.
If I don't finish this boy myself he to will go out to a handler next year once he is in full coat as my cream boy is.
I do conformation with both Lexie and Chloe. I did agility with Lexie for year and have put it off for now but would like to get back into it again when I have the time. I've taken my dogs to my grandma's nursing home and they did tricks for the residents and went around just letting them pet them. They are also my running partners. They are both Australian Shepherds.
***Edited By: Ln on 2/18/2005 11:14:17 AM*** Reason: sdf
Mostly what I do with my dogs is yell at them...hmm, for eating holes in my matress, for chewing holes in my cell phone battery, what else? Oh yeah, for tearing up the carpet two days ago in an apartment that I rent...Oh right, I also try to socialize them in public, only to have Summer throw a tantrum howling because no one pets her when they walk by and Ace is busy showing his teeth to strangers.
I am ATTEMTING to get into conformation showing with Shetland Sheepdogs. Currently I have one bitch that isn't an acceptable color pattern (specimins over 50% white shall be so severely penalized as to effectively remove the dog from competition) plus she is stranger-shy, a problem that plagues Shelties at times, so she is a brood bitch. I also have a tri bitch that isn't big enough, so was spayed, who does nothing. I probably need to be looking for a pet home for her, but have not been able to bring myself to do it.
Then there is Chubby, my hopeful, who is a blue merle dog. He has been in three shows, no points yet but two blue ribbons (shh, he was the only dog in his class for two of the shows!) Right now though he is going through some funny maturation phases with his rear and has blown his coat, so he isn't showing for now. It is best to wait and let him look GOOD before getting in the ring. I am ok though because most shelties don't really mature into show readiness until three or four years of age; he is only 2.
Conformation is tough to get into. I have been at it for three years at this point! Right now my I have one goal, and that is to get my dog his "Ch." Now if he would just grow some FUR! Why did he blow coat in January and February? My bitch is blowing too. Must be El Nino or Global Warming....
My wife and I breed and conformation show Toy Poodles and Standard Poodles. At this time my wife is showing our black toy bitch Abba Zaba in Bred-By class. Her sister, Bit O' Honey the apricot, just went to our handler who finished our male Sammy. The apricot/red color isn't shown much in the Pacific Northwest and she would have a better chance with a pro handler. Her conformation is fantastic as is her coat for an apricot. She and her sister are out of our black bitch Jujube who was bred to Dylors Noble Justice (#6 toy poodle for 2004, #1 red 2004) while she was showing with a handler from Mississippi. We have also shown in UKC and IABCA. Both are very relaxed settings and a good way to introduce your puppies into conformation. They can show as young as 4 months old in IABCA and it is European style with written critiques. 2 of the 3 in our last toy litter went to show homes. Both groomer friends who have shown for 10 and 30 years. We are very excited to see them both come out in the next month or two. We have also done some field/retrieve training with our Standard Poodle Lily. She loved it and did well, but the distances and weather slowed us down on that for now. I would love to try agility, obedience and rally with our standards.
lol LN, Im not sure who is responsible. Ace "digs" in the carpet quite a bit, so he may be the hole in the carpet culprit. I think he chewed my cell phone antenna halfway off (there are wires sticking out of it now!!) but the teeth holes in the battery look to be Summer's doing. As for the matress, that's up in the air.
***Edited By: aceyfacey2 on 2/18/2005 12:22:19 PM*** Reason: typo
I've just recently gotten in touch with people that train therapy dogs and am trying to get Hunter into that. He is so mellow, I think he would make a great therapy dog :) Ella is just my little companion dog, I don't think I will do anything with her except carry her around when I go places, hehe :)
lmao acey..couldnt help it sorry but your first sentence is hilarious.
scout is a certified therapy dog but we have not gone on any visits. i dont think she is mature enough yet to visit kids or the elderly without hurting them. her brain cells have not completely kicked in yet. tried agility and she loved it but obedience is not this breeds forte and though she provided much comic relief, and enjoys it immensously, the instructor was 1 word away from telling us not to come back so we backed off for a bit.
acey here i am at work laughing out loud because i was thinking...sounds like she's got my dogs...!!!
what do we do....i mostly spend time telling them no. no dont bark, no dont chew that, no the cat isnt a toy...you get it.
my snoop is, well, not too bright. he'd be a great therapy dog, after his adult brain comes in (i have my fingers crossed) because he loves attention. snowball would be great either as a therapy dog, or agility because she's so fast and nimble. and i'd be great as a lottery winner, so i could quit work and do all this with them.
we, like acey, try to socialize, and end up with snowball pooping in lowes (it was funny b/c they were trying to screw me out of $$$ at the time) or else snoop howls at lights, windows, things that pose no threat at all.
so mostly what i do with my dogs is love them, and then proceed to be embarrassed by them in public when they act like they've never been in public before.
Well let's see, we do the "Kissy Face Event" everyday when I get home from work. Then we move on to "I hate Max, let me chase and bite him" event as they go out the door to potty. Then they have the "Let's fight over the same toy" event and the"Try to steal each other's food" event. After a full night of events we settle down to "How come Toby can sleep on the bed and I can't....let me jump on the bed and try to anyway" event. Ha Ha!!
Hopessheltie-I know what you mean about the dogs blowing their coats in February. My 20-month-old, female, Golden Retriever is blowing her coat too. She has been since Nov./Dec. it is so strange. She has an odd looking bottom too.
Anyway, I am trying to get involved in agility. I have always wanted to do that. My Golden Retriever, Kelsey, has been in obedience but now I have to find the money to get her into agility lessons. She would be great at it. My 15-week-old, male, Parson (Jack) Russell Terrier named Jackson has not been in obedience yet. When he is older I'm going to get him into agility too.
I have always wanted to show but my parents aren't willing to lend me the money to purchase a show quality dog. I always pay them back because I have a job but they still don't want to. Jackson comes from very good Champion Bloodlines and is a very good looking dog, I think he would of done fine is confirmation but to get him on full registration(show/breeding) I would of had to pay $850 or more, instead I payed $550 for limited reg. I had to do enough convincing to my parents already just for that amount. I'll just have to wait until I get my own place and a good job.
LOL! I love the sense of humor here! I can just picture you talking on your cell phone Acey with all the wires sticking out, maybe you could put some beads and ribbon on the wires for an added touch! Scout, you are the oppostie of me, you dog is certified but you haven't taken it anywhere and mine are not certified but I take them to my grandmother's nursing home.
Well I have been doing flyball with Sabian for a few months now. Lmao...just kidding. Mostly he likes to play for like a half hour everynight when I get home. he likes to chase things outside. By things I mean anything you throw, sticks, balls, his stuffed toys, snowballs. Then he likes to sleep. ALL THE TIME. It's his favorite thing. So, lets see, he's very trained at taking naps, snoring and occasionally having horrible gas. He's a champion at them all though. He is however quite energetic when he gets the urge...I will try to post the picture of him competing at sleeping on top of me on the couch sometime. He is also a Champion at taking up all the room he can on the couch.
we do the "alarm goes off in the morning and everyone jump around so mom can't get out of her room." then it's "growl and bite each other at the doorway before going out." then a pug event, "squeal so you let me back in the house cuz i'm hungry and it's cold outside." then "bite pearl's belly cuz she hates it."
well i don't compete with Tammy, but she is really inteilgent and nows lots of tricks. she is to old to do it now, but i do which she was younger, coz then i would compete with her.
however i do show some of my aunts german shepherds, i probably will be showing Uri and Mia, it will be there 1st show. it really depends if they are ready or not.
i don't compete with them but i would like to i do agility and obedience with some of the younger GSD over a year old for the agility. they love it. i just put some pips and some blockes of wood, for them to jump over, Roxi is really good at agility at the moment she can jump about 4 and a half feet. : )
omg you guys are hysterical !!! ash you and i could compete our dogs for who is the laziest couch sleeper. lol. on my days off i watch her go from the recliner to the couch and back to the recliner, then maybe a shorter nap on the floor, then back again to the couch or the recliner. 1/2 hour of play and she is sacked out for the day lol.