Specialty Draft Photos

I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from the Specialty draft test photographer.

Harper B for Be Going That Way

Harper B for Be Going That Way

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If you knew the work and time it took to get to this point — wowza. Harper’s NDD is one of my proudest dog accomplishments.

If you knew the work and time it took to get to this point — wowza. Harper’s NDD is one of my proudest dog accomplishments.

And her tail wagged the whole time. #win

And her tail wagged the whole time. #win

Isn’t Claire’s harness so fun?!

Isn’t Claire’s harness so fun?!

Without attention, you cannot do well with a dog.

Without attention, you cannot do well with a dog.

No Hair Claire through the narrows.

No Hair Claire through the narrows.

More Lies.

Yesterday I said I was attending a two-day obedience seminar.

I lied.

I walked out.

I am incapable of silent complicity when things are simply not okay.

Let me be clear — different opinions are valuable! My concerns were not about different opinions.

In my world, hitting dogs to teach behavior is not okay. I am not alone in thinking that — see, for example, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s Position Statement about punishment by clicking HERE

I want to be respectful and thoughtful about what I say about that whole misadventure. Therefore, I won’t say much now because I am still processing.

But I left that seminar heartsick and angry, and reminded that the sport of obedience has a ways to go.

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I Lied.

It is looking like Claire might get a TDX track after all — and that means I need to change gears yet again to make the most of this week’s practice opportunities. The test is Sunday.

Claire and I are attending a two-day obedience starting today — because four days of working a dog show was not quite enough!

Such a great show — put on your calendar for 2020!

Such a great show — put on your calendar for 2020!

But oh man — the blog ideas are percolating from that show:

Why do people think fake ingratiation will help them?

Most owner-handlers are really bad.

Is it good sportspersonship to build a major with your own dogs?

Surprise! Judges are human!

Relationship between a human and a dog — and lack thereof — is really obvious.

Clothing choices — Oh.My. Heck.

Running with scissors and throwing bait: Bad Ideas.

And speaking of bait — Most show dogs are not trained (they are lured and bribed).

And so on.

And I have a whole list of…

And don’t wear that, don’t be that, and so on…

And don’t wear that, don’t be that, and so on…

HAPPY MONDAY! I dare you…