Riot - Blog

Not much to write about lately

I have not updated this Blog in quite some time. Back and knee problems has stopped dog training this winter. Riot became an ordinary dog and I was a pet owner (yawn). With warmer weather I am moving better. I am not sure I want focus on training for an Open obedience title. Rally, both CARO and CKC, is something that does interest me. Rally at it’s best is a dance between handler and dog. A good Rally team “flows” around the course. The only problem with Rally is the point system is so lenient that you usually can’t tell who had the better run based on the scores. If I had a Rally dream it would be to attend an invitation only Rally trial. This dream Rally trial would have uber-courses and bring together the best competitors.

This is a long intro to say we’re back ... registered for a Rally trial in Blyth today.

CKC Rally in Bylth

Turned a CKC Rally trial into a mini vacation in Blyth, Ontario. We went to the same trail last year and had a good time. This show continues to be really well run and the food is great.

Results:
  • Novice B - 98 points, 4th place, judge Michael Calhoun
  • Novice B - 100 points, 1st place (after time tire breaker for a 4 way tie), judge Carol Bishop

CKC Rally in Kitchener

German Shepherd Dog Club of Canada held a CKC Rally trial at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener Ontario. The odd thing about this trial was that they laid sod on top to the concrete.

Riot tied for first with 99 points but came in second after the tie breaker. We can now add a CKC Rally Novice title to Riot’s achievements.The judge for the trial was Anne Douglas.

CKC Rally plus Open Fun Match

Companion Dog Training (our home club) held a fun match for Agility, Obedience and Rally. We completed in Rally Novice and Advanced and Obedience Open. Riot scored in the High 90's on all her Rally runs (CKC rules). I am using this as a warmup for a CARO Rally trial at Campaign Dog Academy on November 10.

In Novice Open (which she started training for in September) she was considerably better than I expected. Her run would have easily qualified with an impressive score. Riot always takes me by surprise with her performance at anything to do with Obedience. It is definitely satisfying to see her talent rewarded with good results.

Georgetown Obedience Trail

The results from the Georgetown obedience match, Novice A division (in trial order):
  1. 196 High in Class
  2. 194 1/2 High in Class

We were the third dog in the ring in the morning. In the first trial I lost 2 1/2 points for handler errors (all on the recall). I was told I moved my hands on the recall. By afternoon the temperature had risen to 34° C, Riot was pretty tired and was lagging continuously. Couldn't blamed her, I was tired too and wanted to go home.

I need to get rid of my bad habits before I compete again.

Woodstock Obedience Trial

The results from the Woodstock obedience match, Novice A division:
  • 196 High in Class, High in Trial
Woodstock HIT

William Neville was the judge in the trial. When Mr. Neville was handing out the awards he turn to me and said "Thank god you came to my trial. You have restored my faith in dog training". He then proceeded to give me a hug. The words and the gesture were totally unexpected and very much took me by surprise.

The outcome of the last four days have left me overwhelmed. I just wasn't prepared for this much success. It has been a surreal experience. As far as I know nobody at Companion Dog Training (where I have trained since Riot was a puppy) knows the results. On Tuesday, at my next class, I will tell them.

Blyth Obedience Trial

The results from the Blyth obedience match, Novice A division (in trial order):
  1. 193 High in Class
  2. 197 1/2 High in Class, tied for High in Trial (winner of run off)
  3. 196 High in Class
  4. 196 High in Class
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Riot entered in CD trials

Registered in two all-breed obedience trials as a Novice "A" competitor. Blyth is an indoor trial put on by the Bluewater Kennel Club at the Bylth Community Centre on July 10, 11 & 12. Woodstock, an outdoor show, is held by the Oxford County Kennel Club on July 13, 14 & 15. In Blyth I am entered in 4 trials. In case we failed to qualified in Blyth I decided to enter 1 trial in Woodstock.

First Entry

This is my first blog entry for Riot, a 3 year old Australian Shepherd. I want to keep a log of her progress and achievements in a obedience, rally and agility. She received her CARO Rally Novice title in the summer of 2006 with scores of 196-200-199. Sometime in the summer of 2007 we will be competing for her CKC Companion Dog obedience title. She is very good at agility (e.g. better than the handler). Read More...

CKC Rally in Bylth

Attended a CKC Rally trial in Blyth, Ontario.
Blyth CKC Rally July 2009
Even though we have not gone to any classes for over a year, Riot breezed her way to a CKC Advanced title.

Tuesday Results:
  • Advance B - 100 points, 1st place (HIC, HIT), judge Ted Leslie
  • Advance B - 100 points, 1st place (HIC, HIT), judge Paul Oslach

Wednesday Results:
  • Advance B - 100 points, 1st place (HIC, HIT), judge Ted Leslie
  • Excellent B - 98 points, 1st place (HIC), judge Paul Oslach