“Today Just Wasn’t Your Day, Dear”


Venus was a a dog who lost her home at age 7—& her breeder took her back.

So said Dr. Sandy Gould for probably the 3rd or 4th time. last Sunday. Hoping against hope, I had entered Venus (Longrun’s Stay Awhile at Windrose, CGC, RE) in both Rally Excellent and Rally Advanced at the Rand Park Dog Training Club trial up at WAGS in Spring Grove. . It’s not like she doesn’t know the exercises. She clearly does. She just has a different agenda. Also, since the rules are slightly different in Excellent (from Advanced), and Dr. Gould set up a ‘figure 8 with distractions’ (for Excellent, dog bowls with treats), and there were smells in and around the ring, we entertained the crowd to a great NON QUALIFYING score.

After I got Venus away from the dog bowls, we seemed to be fine on a 3/4 turn and were about to go into the 3 steps backward when she heard…water running down a gutter which sounded like a mouse and walked over to the wall and climbed up to see if she could find ‘it’. Everyone laughed. Except me. Then when I got her attention back, she did a drop while heeling and a stand while heeling, b ut buy this time she had screwed up 13 of the 15 exercises. And Dr. Gould consoled me, but I told her we were coming back in for Advanced.

In Advanced, you can make more noise to get your dog on track. The ‘distractions’ were dog toys on the Figure 8, and amazingly we qualified with a 74 (so we got a Rosette—thank you, Rand Park DTC).

And if you compete, you know, at the handing out of awards, the judge often asks how many legs (qualifying scores) this is, and I said it was probably 12, but it didn’t matter, and everyone knew why.

Venus is 11 now. She and Dash both thought barn hunt was boring: if it doesn’t run, why bother. We may try agility, but I think I am done paying entry feels on these dogs. We’ll go to trai9ning just for fun and treats.

BTW—Venus was a nationally ranked Whippet last year for her qualifying scores in Advanced. LOL!

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