June 22nd Jazz entered her first AKC Obedience Trial. It was
held by the Berrien Kennel Club in Berrien Springs
Michigan. Both handler and dog were nervous, the dog nervous
only due to her handler (me) being nervous. Anyway, with all
the mistakes the handler made Jazz received a qualifying score of
170 whew! Couldn't have come any closer.
Jazz's next trial was an UKC event held on July 12th and 13th at
Echo Club in Buchanan Michigan. With experience now under
their belt the handler felt much more confident, until that is when
they got to the trial. Again, handle mistakes and nervousness
were very apparent as demonstrated by Jazz who was doing her best to
calm down the handler. She became so exhausted in this feat
that during the long sit with only 15 seconds to go, Jazz laid down!
So we didn't get to qualify that day. Jazz would have scored a
184 had she just held her sit for 15 more seconds. Handler was
very disappointed, but realizes that the handler needs much more
training than Jazz.
up we go the next day determined to be calm and not make Jazz
nervous we head for Buchanan again. The nervousness didn't
leave the handler, but Jazz determined to not have her handler
embarrass her again, pulled herself together and did great.
Not only did she qualify, she took 1st place with a score of 187!!!
Handler was so proud of her she gave her many extra treats. It
was an exciting trail and Jazz was great.
Jazz's next trial will be August 14th and 15th (if she's not in
heat) at the LaPorte County Fairgrounds hosted by the Trail Creek