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Back from trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Visited with my sisters and brother-in-law (Jill, Vivian and Ken). Ronin is solid in Utility--He placed with two 2nds and a 3rd in the A Class. We need to work on his fronts and finishes. He was OK in Open B, but twice he sat on the "Drop on Recall" rather than going down. The third day we fixed that ("No sit, go down, OK, Got it, Jon"). Then on the "Long Sit Stay with Handler Out-of-sight" that meme kicked in ("No sit, go down, OK") and he went down after only about 10 seconds. Well, OK, we were practicing for entering into UDX competition. We know what we need to work on.
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<< Ronin is proud of his UD Title.

Ronin today in Utility A at Mountains States Dog Training Club Obedience Trial: qualified, got FIRST PLACE, got THIRD LEG, and WON HIS UTILITY DOG (UD) TITLE!

That little guy is really amazing. And he was so happy, during the prize presentations he started jumping straight up with a wild smile on his face.

Pictures coming, soon as I can scan them.

Go, Boy, Go Ronin, GO!
jon_d_r: (jonR)
<< Ronin dancing for his trophy!

Wow, what a pooch! Ronin's practice is paying off. Today Ronin took First Place in Utility A at the Mountain States Dog Training Club 119th Obedience Trial. He was wonderful. He was so confident and attentive. Good close heeling. He remembered "Sit" on the signals. He worked the pile carefully and got both metal and leather articles in Scent Discrimination. We got Glove 1 in Directed Retrieve and he turned and sat in line with the glove, did an fast retrieve and good front/finish. No problem on Moving Stand for Exam (ok, a half-step too much). And Ronin remembered that there was another end to the ring on go-outs for the Directed Jumps. Took both the bar and high jumps and did good fronts/finishes. Wow!

This means he got second leg on his UD Title. One more to go.
<< Ronin inspects his trophy and ribbons.

And then he went on to qualify in Open B, enjoying every minute of it.

Well, it is a new day tomorrow, so we'll see what happens.
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We had an interesting time at Terry All Obedience Trials at Adams County Regional Park near Brighton, Colorado last weekend.

Ronin was entered in Utility A both days.

Saturday we had a problem during heeling part of the Signals Exercise: like a novice he was. As we neared the gate before an about turn Ronin decided to check out the spectators (wag, wag). I had to give a verbal (NQ) and he responded, jumping around and running to catch up, passing me as judge said "Stand your dog" so I had to lunge to get the hand signal in front of him (major points). I left to the other end of the ring and gave the Sit command. Good. Someone breathes in the quiet room and he spooks, scooting forward a yard (NQ). Then on the Directed Retrieve I forgot the command. Hmmm, "Numberrr ONE" I said (instead of "Take One"). Ronin moves out between glove one and glove two, turns stops, and gives me a look, "WHAT?" (NQ). Other than that we did good. I say "Close."

Sunday we had practiced with the gloves a bit, so we got that done. Directed Jumps still good. Moving Stand for Exam Good. Signals, good heeling, good stop, good wait. Good down. "What was that one, Jon? Did we ever do that one, Jon?" (Yes, that was the SIT, Ronin). Second command ok (NQ). Recall OK, front OK, finish OK--but NQ! Then on the Scent Discrimination first article was metal. After a sit. Run out and grab any article (leather) and run back (NQ). Second article, OK. Sigh. Judge says "Close."

Today we worked on all those problems and did some Open exercises anticipating his moving on to UDX soon (eternal optimism).
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Argh! Over the weekend we were at Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Beanie turned 11 on Friday and the blizzard and cold weather got to her arthritis so she was unable to compete in Rally.

Argh, Argh! Ronin was in Utility A. Ronin forgot the "sit" command on Saturday ("What's that?"). On Sunday he was doing wonderfully. He had some points off for a bit of lagging on the signals exercise and off-center finishes. Did the first jump in the directed jumping. Whew! One jump to go to get his second leg. Jon gives sign to "mark go-to" then judge asks "Ready?" Jon responds "Ready" and Judge says "Send your dog!"

Jon takes a deep breath, makes hand signal, and then "Ronin, go-tooooo...." he squeaks.

Ronin hesitates, trots off slowly, passes jump distance, then turns and looks at Jon and automatically sits, cocks his head and looks as if saying "WTF was that?"

Judges says "Awww, NO! Call him back. So sorry."

Jon files into permanent memory: "Remember to breath! Relax! Sound normal!" :-(

No dogs in Utility A Class qualified, but Ronin came so very close!

Other than that it was a really good weekend. Beanie got a massage therapy session, Ronin met many interesting dogs and their people. The people of Scottsbluff were really friendly and the Scottsbluff Kennel Club hosted a wonderful show, despite the remnants of the blizzard the day before.

On to the next show!
jon_d_r: (jonR)
At the Garden City Kansas Kennel Club Obedience Trial on 8 March, 2009, Ronin got his first leg on his AKC Utility Dog (UD) title.  He took First Place!  Way to go, boy!


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