Exciting news- Pat’s Danica (Jingles litter) just completed her agility MX title and already has 5 QQs! Go Pat and Dani! Fingers crossed that Dani will finish her MXJ very shortly, as she’ll be hopefully be having puppies this season. There’s more info about the planned litter on the Puppies page.
Ronan just finished his obedience Rally Novice title (!!!), and from here it’s on to Beginner Novice. He did some pretty good work for my young, excitable boy. On the left is a photo of me and a laughing Ronan with his ribbon.
In other news, progress is being made toward other titles. Sporty just earned another leg toward her MXJ and her first Open FAST leg. Corina’s Jackson earned his 2nd leg in both Open Jumpers (with a 2nd place) and Novice Standard. And Meigs’ River earned his 2nd leg toward his Novice Obedience title in Novice B with a 2nd place.
Great job, everyone!! You make us proud. Congratulations to all!
Last Sunday was a fun Tigana family event at the Mission Bell Obedience trial.
Sporty finished her CD title from the Novice A class under judge Alice Peterson. Woohoo! She finished her title with two 1st places and a 2nd place.
Ronan did very well in his first trial, earning two Rally Novice legs.
Avalon (Ronan’s sister, owned by Miche Evans) earned her final leg to complete her CD from Novice B. She was a superstar and finished in 3 out of 3 trials. She also got a 2nd Beginner Novice leg.
River (owned by Meigs Matheson), made his debut in Novice B, and ended up with a score of 199+ (!!). What a team!
Here are Sporty and Avalon in their mother-daughter title photo:
Sporty – Spiritlodge Sporting Chance CD RA JH AX AXJ NF WC VC CCA (ptd) Avalon – Tigana’s Glastonbury Golden Chalice CD
Next is a video of Ronan’s Rally trial on Sunday, where he earned a 4th place and score of 96. We could have had a 99 if I hadn’t started the serpentine exercise incorrectly.
Next is a photo of Meigs and River in the “Heel Free” exercise.
Cute photo of Avalon and Miche. Ava is clearly happy to have Miche returning to her after the Sit-Stay exercise in Beginner Novice.
Lastly, it seems appropriate to show Sporty in the Long Down exercise, which had been our nemesis the last couple trials.
Speaking of long stay exercises, I have started working toward the out of sight sits and downs exercises for Open, using Karen Overall’s Relaxation Protocol with both Sport and Ronan as structured practice for staying and relaxing through distractions. We just finished Day 3. An example of something that made Ronan excitedly pop up out of the stay yesterday was my counting out loud, and also clapping. Today those things didn’t phase him. I think these will be good exercises for us.
I’ve been reminded that the blog needs some attention, not to mention the website needs updates, such as the addition of the boys. Hopefully I’ll make that happen soon.
Sport earned two legs toward her (and my) first competitive obedience title (photo taken by Steve Southard of Southard Photography).
Ronan got all his preliminary clearances for hips, elbows, eyes, and heart. Woohoo!
Here are some recent photos of hikes and playtime.
Sport, me, and Ronan (wearing his Ruff Wear Swamp Cooler coat). It really works to keep him cool.
Lola posing on a high place, as she loves to do:
Sport and Ronan playing at the NORCAL GRC fun match at Kirigin Cellars in Gilroy.
Thistle completed one session of a beginning agility class where they are learning fundamentals. Here’s a little video of some of the things they did the first few weeks– they have progressed quite a bit since then, but I only have early video. Exercises are: cones for practicing sending/front crosses, lead out-jumps, box training for learning contacts, circle work.
We took some of the dogs dock diving, and Miche/Bill/Avalon/Sammie were able to join us on an impromptu trip to Hollister. Don put together some diving sequences for each dog, which I’m posting here. Click on the photo to see the larger image. Sammie’s isn’t done yet (Don’s done with pictures for today!), but I’ll add it when it’s done.
Here’s Ronan, with me handling. His jumping style earned him a place in Don’s photo-a-day project on Flickr.
Here’s Sporty, with me handling, but you’d never know it because I threw the bumper from way back on the dock. This isn’t her best jump in terms of distance as she took off about 3 feet before the end of the dock, but it still shows off her stylish form.
Here’s Thistle, with Don handling. He jumped! We were very happy with how he did, especially since he didn’t feel confident enough to start jumping off the dock at the lake until the last day. He didn’t want to stop jumping.
Here’s Avalon, with Miche handling and Bill/Sammie watching from the sidelines. Ava hasn’t jumped off a dock before, to my recollection, but she ran right up the steps and jumped right in by herself the very first time!
Don photographed the NORCAL GRC Working Certificate test a few days before we left for the lake, so he was able to obtain a couple (dead) ducks/pheasant to bring with us to the lake. The dogs haven’t worked with birds in quite a while, so it was good to give them the extra exposure.
We used the outlet that runs from the lake toward the ocean, which has grasses/reeds on either side, so plenty of cover, and narrow enough for me to throw the duck to the other side most of the time. Sporty was in heaven, showing the boys the ropes. My work with Ronan’s ‘stay’ while leaving to throw bumpers for him really paid off because I was able to move off to throw the duck, then return to position to send him. Proud of my boy. While he usually brings bumpers back, the bird is different and he needs work on the retrieving to hand part. That should come as he realizes things will move along more quickly if he brings them back to me instead of to the shade or the trees.
Thistle was a great water retriever, but isn’t too keen on birds on land. A little competition with Sport got him picking up the duck on land. We’ll see if that holds over time.