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I puffed up my chest a little and said, "Heel." Nice and quiet-like. She cantered in and sat neatly at ... she up and trotted over and sat down beside me and presented me with a duck. The gallery went nuts.

I would've too. Too bad about failing, however, she is too cute! Reminds me of another Silly Black Dog...hmm...
If you're going to fail Started, you might as well do it with style :-)

Exactly! I always kid around that Bodhi & I are just around for comedy relief!
Better luck next time!
Shelly & The Boys
She cantered in and sat neatly at heel. The judge's heel. Judge Davewas shaking and trying not to laugh. I cleared my throat a little. Storm looked up and realized that Dave was not me... you should have seen the look on that dog's face.

Priceless!! As Diane said, that's one for the memory books... thanks for sharing. :-)
(silly dog story)
Great story. That's the kind you want to paste in your memory book.

Good idea, Diane.
Kate
Exactly! I always kid around that Bodhi & I are just around for comedy relief! Better luck next time!

We're giving it another go in a slightly different venue this weekend: two days of Junior Hunter tests.
'Tis the season.
Kate

and Storm the Silly Black Dog
Exactly! I always kid around that Bodhi & I are just around for comedy relief! Better luck next time!

We're giving it another go in a slightly different venue this weekend:two days of Junior Hunter tests.

Okay, for those of us hunting dawg impaired...
HRC is ? And the Junior Hunter tests are in AKC (CKC)? Similarities, differences between the two venues?
'Tis the season. Kate and Storm the Silly Black Dog

Yes, it sure is. Entries are in & the numbers are set. Our National Specialty is a week & a half away. Woo hoo! I can barely contain myself, I'm so excited. We're entered in Herding (the PT Pre-trial test level, which is usually what you enter prior to doing "trial level" stuff
in Started & beyond), and in Novice A Obedience. The BSCA (Belgian Sheepdog Club of America) also offers something called the FMD, or "Future Messenger Dog". The club is working hard on offering a Messenger Dog title at club level in the future. We're entering FMD just to give it a go. It involves some heel work, an honor down-stay, retrieving an article out of a box of 4-5 other articles, and a run that goes off-leash between two handlers approximately 50-75' long (with a small message in a vial on their collars). I think it will be a lot of fun,
and hopefully we'll get the article discrimination down soon! The "chosen" article for Bodhi (I get to choose) is a hair scrunchie. He loves to steal them from my hair, so it shouldn't be too hard! :-) Shelly & The Boys
I am going to indulge myself here: I liked the analogies part of standardized exams:
CKC Hunt Test:HRC Hunt Test::CKC Agility:AAC Agility.

That is, the HRC (which is associated with the United Kennel Club) runs its own series of tests. Dogs can earn points in them applicable to UKC titles.
I was just mulling over a table that could be built highlighting the rule differences between the various tests and organizations. Some differences are subtle, but enough to get you thrown out:
In CKC Junior, the dog may be brought to line on a lead/flat collar combination, so long as the collar comes off before the dog is run. A slip lead is OK.
In HRC Started, the dog must be brought to line on a collar and lead, and may keep the flat collar on while it runs. Slip leads are Not OK.

I'm a big believer in re-reading the rules before each test and clarifying anything you're unsure about with the judge during the briefing before the test. Even so, I get burned. The judge from last weekend told me later that, given the rest of Storm's work, I probably could have got away with calling her back to heel and re-sending her toward the bird. I would have been marked down, but she had full points for all three of the other runs.

I watched her go off-line and was faced with a dilemma: Do I a) call her back and resend her? b) stop her on a whistle and try to handle (direct her with hand signals) toward the bird? c) hope she comes to her senses?

I was afraid that a) would get us dropped. b) has its own set of risks - because her handling is only just coming together. I didn't want to set her up to fail and lose confidence. c), clearly, did not work. :-)

According to the CKC rules (read last night in preparation for the test weekend), a) will be OK, but I'll lose points. b) could be done, but the handling work must be crisp and quick - and I'm not sure we're up to that. c) is not in the rules.
With luck, she'll see and pin all eight of her marks over the weekend and I won't have to start rummaging around in my bag of tricks.

As I type this, I have just come to realize a Good Rule for any dog sport.

"Always have a backup plan and a backup plan to that one, and know your rules and your dog well enough to formulate those plans intelligently."

Kate

and Storm the Marking Fool
That is, the HRC (which is associated with the United Kennel Club) runsits own series of tests. Dogs can earn points in them applicable to UKC titles.

Aha...okay, UKC. I reg'd Bodhi w/ UKC when he was a baby, hopefully one of these days we'll try some UKC obedience.
I'm a big believer in re-reading the rules before each test and clarifying anything you're unsure about with the judge during the briefing before the test. Even so, I get burned.

I agree. Except that, for me anyway, I can read & read, but until I put it into practical usage it doesn't always "stick".
For example, last night we were working on fronts & finishes. Well, my instructor says to me, "You need to hold your hands at your side. It's something that will cost you 5 points if you don't." I had been holding them
out in front of me, like I did while we were training (as if they had a small
treat in them to draw the dog in). I told her that the reason I still did this
was because I've noticed that EVERY time Bodhi comes in for a front on his recall and my hands are at my side, he bounces off me. She chuckles and said to me, "Well, look at it this way; if he just bumps you, you'll get
docked 1/2 a point, if it's a good bump maybe a full point. If he slams into
you, maybe 3 points. That's less than the definite *5* you're going to get if you keep your hands in front!"
She made it make sense. :-)
There are many things in herding where this definitely applies.
As I type this, I have just come to realize a Good Rule for any dog sport. "Always have a backup plan and a backup plan to that one, and know your rules and your dog well enough to formulate those plans intelligently."

That is a VERY GOOD Rule!
Shelly & The Boys