Not all trials stop during the summer; there are a few opens and one or two PD championships. One of the latter took place in Scotland at Lauder recently, although I am not sure it could be described as a ‘summer trial’.
At Exeter DTC championship show this year Pat Watson judged the dog ticket and Herbie Watson judged the bitches and the entries were slightly up on last year with 23 entries in the dog class and 19 in the bitch class.
Training other peoples dogs is not something that I do regularly, but occasionally I get asked if I would do some work with a dog to get it started.
I was recently contacted by Sarah Cowan who wanted to tell me about the dogs that found lost sheep during the heavy snow falls of last March.
The Scottish Kennel Club show is held each year in May for three days, though the agility part of the show is held just on the Sunday.
People who are new to trials or are considering it as a hobby often ask if this or that breed is suitable for the sport, and inevitably the conversation turns to the Border Collie and their seeming ability to shine in any discipline.
The only championship show on the weekend of May 11-12 was the Wirral Alsatian Training Society, along with the society’s open show.
When we get to the start of May it signals to me the start of the outside display season. For a number of years now I have been performing my K9 Freestyle display at various events around the country.
With no trials in the immediate future we are busy working with Lunar on her PD training, and at the moment it is going well. Although it is still early days and there is a long way to go before we can start thinking about entering an open, she is...
VYNE IS one of our biggest championship shows of the year, held at Newbury Showground. It attracts the best from all over the country in all heights. Not just because of the championship classes, but because of the Olympia qualifiers too.
No trials to report on this week although there have been one or two opens, but the next three championships are all PDs, with the Scottish Working Trials Society Lauder trial in May, Wessex in June and Surrey in July.
The Kennel Club have already sent congratulations to Mary Ray on winning her 100th obedience certificate at Crufts 2013. What a fantastic achievement and I thought it would be appropriate to write a profile about Mary, with her approval of course...