Monday, August 11, 2008

8/10 Fun Match

Last Sunday we attended a Fun Match in Auburn at the beautiful Argos Ranch for Dogs. It was our opportunity to try out a variety of fun doggie activities. Our 1st event of the day was a Rally course. The course had 16 numbered cones you navigate thru and perform the obedience activity listed. Danzig pays close attention to the instructions given.
The course had a variety of obedience and navigational maneuvers. Cone 3 had you place you dog in a down while you circle around him. Nice stay!

Here Danzig leaps over a small jump while the handler (that's me) stays to the side. Rally was so much fun and everyone said Danzig was a natural. We will definitely try this again.

Next we headed to the Lure course. The lure is just some plastic sprayed with an attractant, it's connected to a wire and you want your dog to chase it is fast as he can. Here my friend and helper Ruth takes Danzig and the lure to the back of the field. Here's how it should work...When she releases Danzig the lure operator will real in the lure and Danzig will chase. The catcher would then grab him at the end. Well let's just say Danzig wasn't much for chasing some plastic. I think he was too smart to fall for that. He had way more fun running around the field while we chased him! He did finally get a good chase in on his 4th and final run.
Ruth was a great helper all day. She's like Danzig's godmother, I know she's there if he needs her. She's currently dogless and came along to get her doggie fix in. She fell in love with the whippets. A local whippet club hosted the Lure course so there were plenty of them to play with.

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