Jazz joined the ranks of June grads last weekend by earning her AKC Obedience Graduate Novice title at the Westmoreland Obedience Training Club trial!
The Graduate Novice title is an optional title to help transition from Novice to Open. It involves heeling, figure 8, a drop on recall, a dumbbell recall, recall over a high jump, recall over a broad jump, and a 3-minute out of sight down-stay. Jazz completed all of these exercises nicely, and, in fact, was the only dog in the class of six who qualified. We're looking forward to moving into the Open class, as Jazz can perform all of those exercises and is even doing some work in the Utility class!
Indy was also at this trial. On Friday, he earned his first Rally Advanced leg with a very nice score of 97. On Saturday, I decided to put him into Novice obedience, just to see where we were. I didn't have high expectations and basically just wanted to get him some ring experience. Well, the little guy did great and was on the road to qualifying...up until the last exercise before the group sits and downs. As I left Indy in what I thought was a sit-stay and started across the ring for his recall, I heard the pitter-patter of little paws behind me. Indy had broken his stay and was following me across the ring, and thus was not qualified. Despite that, I was very pleased with how well he did. He had beautiful heeling, on lead and off, and also a nice figure 8. He did his stand for exam flawlessly. I thought he did great for just 21 months old, and I'm anxious to continue our training and try again in the fall.