Always Training. Always Learning.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Rally National Competition

Phlox and I qualified for the first ever AKC Rally National Competition. I can't wait to not only compete but to watch the Obedience and Agility competitions as well. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Last weekend was full of firsts

  1. My first time showing in conformation
  2. Phlox's first time in Rally Advance 
  3. Mine and Phlox's first time in Beginner Novice 
  4. My first time forgetting my dogs name and the name of a command in the ring...We'll get to that later.
Rally advanced was pretty uneventful. We lost points when I kind of had to guide him over the jump because he wasn't crazy about leaving heel position. He was a little distracted and had one slow response but he did a good job and ended up with a 98 and second place.

Beginner Novice could not have gone worse in my book. I tensed up and did not remember most of my foot work on the heel resulting in a couple of sloppy turns and sits. I did manage to keep my head about me on the about turn (yay me!). I went around the ring the wrong way during the sit stay. Worst of all I forgot Phlox's name and the "come" command on the recall. I was standing there listening for the command "call your dog" and when it came I blanked "Charrrrrlllllll......????"my voice trailed off and my right hand went up in frustration at myself. Phlox came towards me at full speed and went to do a right finish. When my arm came back down he stopped and did a perfect front. 
I'm not sure how but we qualified with a 192 and first place. 
I wish I knew why I was so nervous about this class. I did manage to stay on the positive side for the most part and when I felt myself slipping I simply put Phlox away and went off to talk to friends for awhile. 

Saturday and Sunday I showed Boykin Spaniels in Conformation. My Professional handler sister needed a few extra hands and so my non dog show sister and I stepped up to help. It was pretty fun showing with my sisters but I think I will continue to let my handler sister and her hubby show Phlox for me. After all he's not suppose to heel in the conformation ring. 

Phlox also won winners dog a week ago for his very first point! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


With Phlox's first obedience trial coming up on Friday I am getting nervous. I always get nervous its not something I have ever had control over.

Phlox has been doing very well with his training. He still gets distracted every now and then but even on a bad day he has moments of brilliants.

Even though I can't control my nerves I can control what comes out of the experience. 
I will be the one in the ring smiling and learning from my mistakes.

Train to win. Trial to learn.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

All Grown Up

Phlox is 2! He turned 2 on January 4th right before heading off to a show with his Auntie and Uncle.
It was a good weekend and Phlox won Winnners Dog and his very first point! He also got Reserve the next day. I don't have any pictures from the show yet but here is one of the ribbons he brought back.
  I finally feel like I'm not throwing my money away entering him in Conformation. Hopefully it will only get better from here.

It's hard to believe just how tiny he use to be.

The day we met. 1 week old

4 month old cutie!

2 years and going strong!

Just look at my sexy boy.
He is such a great dog and no matter how old he gets he will always be my puppy.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Show Dog

Most of the time I totally forget that I got Phlox to show not just in Obedience but Conformation as well.

My sister is handling him for me in the breed ring. She often laments the fact that I have "broken" him. "he wont stop looking at me" "He wont watch the treat" "He wont run out front" "He's pacing not gating" and on it goes.  

Here is is in class Tuesday night Strutting his stuff while my sister tries to "fix" him.

He is headed off to a show this weekend and I'm keeping my finger crossed for a point or two but honestly I don't care if he ever finishes. He is one hell of a "broken" dog.