jon_d_r: (jonR)
My little Cocker Spaniel Ronin (Ch Ebony Hills Evening Echo UD RA) received an invitation to the AKC National Obedience Invitational on December 4th & 5th in Long Beach, California.

This is the second year in a row Ronin has be privileged to be invited. Last year we couldn't go, and I must make up my mind quickly so that another person and dog can be invited if we don't go.

Ronin at Dog Practice in the park -- A happy Cocker SpanielWhy not go?  Well, first off, it makes me really nervous.  Not just being at that venue on that day, but starting about now I will become more and more nervous about Ronin's performance, and my handling goes kaput when I'm nervous.  We do best when we just go to have fun, and don't worry about placement in the trial, let alone nationally.

Second, there are some really very good obedience competitors. Ronin is very good, also, but some folks are into this competition to an extreme degree. A lot of their own self-worth is involved. They practice diligently, frequently, and seriously. It is really important to them to win at any and all costs.  We're not that way, Ronin and I.  We love to do obedience, and like to do it as best we can.  But we're not perfectionists, nor is it really that important to us. We are happy to compete, somewhat happier to qualify.  Anything beyond that is just fun.  It hurts when we show poorly, mainly because it is inevitably my fault. I've got my own problems that I carry into the ring.  But I'd just as soon keep a happy level of competition than to force both of us to perfection. It doesn't thrill me to beat anyone else--I'm just am happy when we do our best.  The competition at the Nationals, from the tales friends have told me, is simply too serious.  I don't want us to be there only to be fodder for the top dogs (Labs, Border Collies, and other OCD types and their OCD handlers ;^).

Third, that is a 2 day trip, 2 day show, 2 day return trip (plus maybe an extra rest day before the competition).  I'm retired on fixed income, and although I could save up to go that would mean cutting back on smaller, more local obedience trials.  These local trials are the ones we enjoy.  We'd forgo a lot of enjoyment for a long, expensive trip where we'd get stomped.  I'm not sure I'd enjoy that: I've already developed a humility that I'm quite proud of, thank you very much.

On the other hand, we've been given a second chance to go.  And even knowing we probably wouldn't finish in the top 32 and get eliminated early, it would be a once in a lifetime chance to do something outrageously bold.  With proper attitude, we'd be happy enough.

So I need to think, and not be influenced by others who have other agendas, to make up my mind. Should we go?
jon_d_r: (jonR)
Half way through two days of obedience trials at Evergreen Colorado Kennel Club dog show in Greeley, Colorado.  First day was weird, I think Ronin needed his coffee LOL. First exercise in both Utility and Open classes he just sat/stood there staring.

First exercise in Utility B was Scent Discrimination. He turned and went out to the pile of articles really nicely. Then he walked over them and stood, staring off into the distance, not even sniffing for the proper article. I had to give a second command and that flunked the day. He got both articles (no problem) once he woke up. His go-outs for the Directed Jumping were precisely as they were the last few times--short and no sit. He took the wrong jump.

First exercise in Open B was a simple Retrieval On The Flat (fetch a dumbbell). I *think* I clearly, loudly, succinctly said "Ronin, Take It!" but he just sat there staring at the dumbbell.  Again I had to give a second command and he did the exercise.  Then *again* he went down on the Out Of Site Sit Stay.  This is after working on it all week.

These "errors off the starting block" got me rattled, but by then we'd flunked so everything after that was "for practice" anyway.

I need to have him *awake* when we start. Maybe I need to bring a squirrel along for him to see just before we go in the ring.

Ronin Looked almost good otherwise. Judges complimented us on his heeling patterns. We took time afterward to meet friends at a park and do some run-through sessions.  We'll try again tomorrow.

P.S. Three of Dr. Gail Clark's students (and their owners) were invited to the (Eukanuba) National Obedience Invitational this year (including Ronin), so she must be doing something right! Today we learned that Gail and her Portuguese Water Dog Ship were also invited.
jon_d_r: (jonR)
In the Mail Today:

The American Kennel Club
is pleased to invite
CH Ebony Hills Evening Echo UD RA
To participate in the fifteenth
AKC National Obedience Invitational

Hurray! We're going to Long Beach to compete in the Nationals! Big trip to California in December! What a doggie! Yay, Ronin!

В настоящее время Почта:

Американский Питомник клуб
рада предложить
CH Черное дерево Хиллз Вечерняя Эхо UD РА
Для участия в пятнадцатом
АКС Национальный Послушание пригласительный конкурс

Ура! Мы собираемся Лонг Бич конкурировать в Национальном Послушание конкурс! Большое путешествие в Калифорнию в декабре! Какой песик! Yay, Ronin!

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