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Monday, February 4, 2008
Rally Obedience Weekend
This weekend we headed up to the Alberta Kennel Club's show in Calgary. Both Maggie and Bosley were entered in the rally obedience trials on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's trial was OK but not great. I was nervous (as usual) and both dogs were a bit distracted by the new surroundings. Rally obedience is scored out of a maximum of 100 points, with points deducted for each error (dog or handler). A minimum 70 points is needed to qualify. Maggie got 86 points and Bosley 82 points. Sunday's trial was much better. I was barely nervous and the dogs were more comfortable and familiar with the ring area. Both dogs had some very nice heeling and both got their "moving down". This is what I was most worried about with Maggie, but she pulled it off. Bosley only stopped to sniff one sign (which was a big improvement over Saturday). Maggie finished with 94 points (tied for 4th place) and Bosley had 93 points (5th place). There were 25 dogs entered in our class, so I was extremely happy with their final placements. So both Maggie and Bosley now have their Rally Novice titles and can start training for the Advanced level. This will be challenging as it is all off-leash and there are food distractions involved.