This week's lesson:
- Dog trialing
Here's an excerpt:
This was only Star's second dog trial, but you would have thought he was an old hand. I was so pleased with him. He showed maturity beyond his months, never made a sound and tolerated all the shuffling, traveling, unfamiliar surroundings and strange dogs with good manners and better sense. All my training came together as he recalled from strange dogs that were running in packs in the mornings, after the trial and in the river. He was intrigued to be sure and even got his hair up some, but he took his lead from my big dogs and when they came when called, he did too. If I wasn't running a dog, he was with me and that's usually the way it is for me at a trial when I'm training a young dog. I am with all the dogs together, running a dog, or I have the youngster beside me on a leash. It is a valuable opportunity to teach and enforce good manners and socialization. Why waste it? I never do.
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