This weekend, myself, Jazz, and Indy were entered in our very first APDT Rally trial at Keystone Canine Training Club.
Here's Jazz with her ribbons. Jazz completed her APDT Rally Level 1 (RL1) title this weekend with two perfect 210 scores and a 207 in the A class. She also completed one leg in the B level, with a score of 202. Because Jazz's first three legs in Level 1 scored 190 or above, she will also receive an Award of Excellence.
APDT is a great venue to compete in, because they offer a Puppy level of competition with only 10 stations to get young dogs used to being in the Rally ring. Indy did a great job this weekend, earning his Rally Level Puppy title in the A class with scores of 203, 205, and 207!! Because his first three scores were over 190, he will also receive an Award of Excellence. Indy went on to earn a leg in the Puppy Level B class, with another 207 score.
This was Indy's very first time in the ring for any sort of competition, and I am so proud of how well he did. By the end of the weekend, he had an entire cheering section and everyone, including the judges, fell in love with his little mannerism of lifting a front paw every time he sits! Not only did Indy earn his very first title (days before his first birthday), but he did it with four first place finishes! I'm really pleased with how well our little guy handled the trial environment and continue to be thrilled with his awesome temperament. Indy loves every person and dog he meets and is just a happy, amiable dog.
Thus ends a wonderful weekend, Friday spent with our conformation friends at the DNA Specialty in Ohio and Saturday and Sunday spent with our Rally and Obedience friends. Although I am not anxious to head back to work tomorrow, I am looking forward to Indy's birthday party next Sunday. Stay tuned!