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Ronin practices the drop on recall to man with camera.
Wait. Wait.

Come. Come.

Drop. Drop.

Front. Front.

I love you, Ronin!
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I should have put an emphasis on the "ha ha" about Ronin's mastery of Stays yesterday. Today he passed Utility B, doing better than yesterday, but with short (but longer than yesterday) "go outs".  In Open B, he did all the exercises really well; we had a 195 going into the Stays. He did the Drop-on-recall, which he missed yesterday. But he went DOWN on the SIT-STAY. Argh!

All the practice yesterday after the trial did correct or improve the problem areas he had yesterday. But like the game "Whak-A-Mole" another problem popped up: the infamous Sit-Stays.  We did practice that, and he seemed to understand--never a problem in practice. But in the Ring...

Anyway, we had a great time.  He really enjoyed being there at the trials, and had a lot of fun in the ring.

Tomorrow there is another Obedience Trial, and we shall try again.  Put it all together, Ronin!
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Ronin won his Fourth Leg towards the Ten needed for his Utility Dog Excellent (UDX) Title at the Rapid City Kennel Club Dog Show and Obedience Trials in Rapid City, South Dakota. Sunday, 18 October, 2009 Ronin took Second Place in Open B and Fourth Place in Utility B and won that 4th leg. It was a tough week for dogs at the Rapid City show. The venue was really nice, the conditions better than most, the judging was great, but that was a human perspective. The dogs seemed to find the trials difficult. Was it too quiet? Too isolated? Too nice? Who knows?

Ronin had a not-so-nice second day, NQ in both Open and Utility. He sort of stared at some commands. The third day he was awake and qualified in Open but couldn't jump again in Utility. Finally he got it together on the fourth day to make the placements mentioned above.

Things we re-learned: Ronin likes slower, clear, calm, and deeper commands. Ronin likes to "exercise" (poop) a lot so we take a few breaks outside. Ronin likes to rest between classes of competition. Ronin needs to be awakened and aware before he goes in the ring. Ronin needs to know there is another side of the ring before he goes out on the directed jumping ;-) . Ronin likes warm-ups before going in the ring. Ronin loves being in the ring. Ronin is cute in the ring.

New things we learned: Photographers making kitten sounds in the next ring are really interesting and it pays to get Ronin's attention back before starting the Drop On Recall. Don't believe the GPS if it selects the "Quickest Route" back home -- check it out first or go the regular way you're used to.

Later, with some pictures:

Scratch That Itch
Scratch that itch
Ronin takes time between Directed Jumps to scratch an itch.

Front Position
Ronin in Front Position
Ronin in Front Position after a successful Directed Jump.

Scoot Into Heel Position
Scooting into Heel position
Ronin scoots into Heel Position to finish a Directed Jump.

Part of the travel group:

Shown here at The Needles in the Black Hills, South Dakota. In this photo: Jennifer Methlie, Gail Clark, Nancy McNair, Ann Chinnock, Karen Nutter, Deborah Badillo.
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Saturday. OK, Ronin, you dork! ;^) He started to come back instead of sitting on "go-out" to first jump so I had to give a second "sit" command and that was a Non-Qualify for Utility (a.k.a. humility, a.k.a. futility). He was wonderful in Open but he was popping up and down at his own whim during both the sit-stay and the down-stay, so he NQ'd Open also. We fixed the "drop on recall" so I was grateful for his efforts today.

After flunking I was practicing sit-stays and down-stays with Ronin in an enclosed cabana (belonging to the Obedience Chairperson) beside the 4H building. I put him on a sit-stay and then volunteered to help pack up some other folks who were leaving to return to Utah. As I carried some equipment to their van, I saw Ronin had broken the stay and was investigating an empty dog crate. When I returned from the van, Ronin had popped back out of the crate and had returned to the sit-stay position and was innocently gazing about as if he hadn't moved! It cracked me up. I was later able to "catch" him moving out of position and surprised him with a "Hey, you-are-on-a-sit-stay!" (Ronin had an "Ooops" look, so I know it got to him). We did that some more with both sits and downs. Finally he was able to hold the stays for well beyond the required time.

Ronin got to watch a very cute Miniature Bull Terrier puppy (such as this) during his stays so it wasn't too awful for him.

Ronin also got to watch one of his breeder-brothers in the Conformation Ring. Except Ronin got bored and laid out on the floor with his butt to the ring. His breeder-brother did take a couple of good looks at Ronin as he went by--I hope this didn't detract too much. He was looking good, Andrea!


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