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Thought maybe that was the case. Is Dayton too far? They have trials on the first weekend on the new year. Entered Pilot in rally Saturday and obedience Sunday. Ihonestly only have a couple of judges I don’t show to. If you get the chance to show to Alvin Eng, do it! He’s great! I also don’t show to people I train with.
Dayton is a bit far in January - but who knows. Maybe if we get closer to the date and we are having mild weather as far as ice and snow goes and my mom is well enough to travel.... I might be tempted? But usually, only show I've done in January is the big show cluster that's normally 10 minutes from my house. And even that's a bit dicey depending on the weather.

The older judges out there are... many of them are a treasure.

Separate thing I've been puzzling over.... if you were at a trial and sitting there with your dog basically in front of you with your arms casually around him while you watch utility, etc.... And you have a big dog owned by somebody you know and have trained with and like very much.... but her dog literally comes flying at your dog and fortunately was more interested in posturing vs tearing his face off.... How would you handle?

I literally had a huge doberman lunge at my Jovi who was zenning out in front of me. I had my arms around him and was keeping him contained in our space (tight seating), and suddenly this dog lunged at us and I saw his face and paws flying at my dog in slow motion while he snarled. He seemed more interested in pinning my dog and coming down on top of him? Then really attacking? I kinda hauled Jovi closer and leaned over him to put my head and shoulders between that dog and Jovi's face... basically before he was pulled away.

Jovi is a good dog and complete sweetness - I swear he wagged his tail at this dog and showed no fear or panic. So the whole thing passed. But I literally was wondering what I should do on the way home. o_O The owner is older than my mom and very sweet and she has good control over her dog. Her daughter had been holding the leash when the incident happened and had no control over him. So basically I did not want to call her on the carpet and have a mark put against her dog....and I don't want to do that. But am wondering if I should mention something to her to kinda let her know what almost happened?
 

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I like reading people’s goals too, Kelly! Rocket has been enjoying retirement so much that I’m not going to bring him out of it at this point.

For Eevee, I’d love to finish her Grand Championship in the early part of the year. She already has 13 (of 25) Grand points, all majors, and all champion defeats, so we just need the last 12 points. I’m also planning on spending the winter working on Open exercises. It would be awesome if she could get her CDX in the early part of the year too. I would love to take her to a seminar or two on the spring. For most Open exercises, she just needs polishing, but we’re still struggling with ONE specific position change in command discrimination. Connie Cleveland wrote an article about it in the last GR News and linked a free video explaining her process and I think I’m going to try her method (adapting as necessary). Also hoping to get into the next enrollment period for her Obedience Road program.

However, my main goal for Eevee - and the most important - is a good sized, healthy litter of puppies (this is NOT an advertisement! Can’t have the lead mod breaking the rules. Lol Please don’t contact me about puppies!). I’ve been putting it off, but she’ll be 4 in February so it’s time. I’m super excited about finally going for it. Hoping to get a very nice girl puppy out of the litter to be my next partner.

Goals for hopeful keeper would be to give her a great start in obedience early in life and get her introduced to birds early too. My ultimate goal would be to consistently breed VC/VCX Goldens and make Eevee an OD.
 

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. But am wondering if I should mention something to her to kinda let her know what almost happened?

It sounds like she’s a training buddy you like. I would mention it. If Jovi did something like that, wouldn’t you want to know so you could keep it from happening again? All reporting it would have done was to give the club a reason to ban her dog. AKC won’t do anything unless there’s blood.
 

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It sounds like she’s a training buddy you like. I would mention it. If Jovi did something like that, wouldn’t you want to know so you could keep it from happening again? All reporting it would have done was to give the club a reason to ban her dog. AKC won’t do anything unless there’s blood.
Huh - I guess I've not paid close attention to any rules regarding dog aggression at trials. I kinda thought that reporting the incident would require the judge excuse the dog? Which goes on the dog's record???
 

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Get Jake's AFC title. He has a win, needs 9 more points. All age points are not easy to get.

Lily ages out of derbies March 14th. I hope to run her in 2 or 3 more in Texas. She has 8 points, 10 would put her on the derby list (whatever that is worth). I would love to get an all age placement with her before she is two but that's a tall order.
 

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Before I got Pinyon, I used to joke that I wanted a dog that did NOT make me a better trainer. Pinyon was that dog. He is easy to train and a joy to work with. Hawthorn is bringing me back to earth. He is forcing me to become a better trainer.
I always say that if Rio would have been my first dog, I would have an overinflated view of my training abilities lol. He's just the easiest dog to train. Luckily he wasn't, and my first dog did plenty to humble me. But now my youngest, Burn, is probably one of my biggest challenges, for the exact opposite reason that yours is, he's just a tough dog (mentally and physically).

That's probably one of my favorite things about having four dogs from just wildly different pedigrees is being able to train each one and learn what I like best about them. It's really helped me to develop a very thorough understanding of the type of dog I would like to produce someday.
 

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1. Keeping Winter, who will be 14 in February, health and happy.
2. Get my act together and try for Flyer’s CDX. Do a crazy cross county trip to Georgia next October for the NMH. If he passed it would be Flyer’s 3rd pass.
3. Build Dash, 8 months old, into a solid young field dog. I have all winter to work on marking,handling basics and get him out running land blinds. Then come spring start swimby.
4. Attend my 1st National in September and enter the boys in multiple venues.
 

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I recently started taking agility foundation classes with Hallie. She really loves it, and the instructor and training facility are great.
My goal for 2023 is to keep working on agility and do some ACT events. I don't know that we'll ever do trials beyond that, I want to see if we have fun with these first.
 
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