Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Introducing. . .

This is the first post of a blog dedicated to my dogs' achievements.

First, there is Harper. He's a 9yo Australian Shepherd. He's my old retired guy and is officially known as Perennial Irish Harper, AKC CDX, ASCA CD, CGC

Then there is Travis. He's a 5yo Australian Shepherd. He is the I currently compete with. He is officially known at Perennial Alamo de Los Suenos AKC/ASCA CDX, NA, NAJ, NAC, CGC

Next in line is Emily. She's a 1yo Australian Shepherd and in training. She's learning a lot of obedience and a little bit of agility. She's still very much in adolescence and needs to mature a little bit before she hits the competition ring.

And last but not least is Robby, a 1yo Papillon. He's the "little dog" in the house. He's about to start his agility trial career (he's not quite competition ready, but I need to get him on as many different pieces of equipment as I can as he is more sensitive to changes in equipment than the Aussies).

So, current plans have me bringing Harper out of retirement for his ASCA CDX. He's a bit hard of hearing these days, so it's a bit interesting. Travis is working on agility titles in AKC, NADAC, and USDAA, and whenever possible, ASCA. He is also training for utility in obedience, and when the weather cools, he should be picking up tracking. Emily is working hard on her obedience skills. We also play a bit with agility, but it's not the primary focus yet. Robby is working hard on agility with some obedience work. His primary focus is agility, just the opposite of Emily. I want him to do obedience also, but I think he needs a bit more confidence before he can handle some of the obedience stuff.

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