Sunday, August 2, 2009

small celebrations in order

My apologies to the loyal readers at The Regal Vizsla. As will be apparent shortly, we have been concentrating on both training for an event -- and due to unexpected medical emergencies elsewhere ultimately chairing the same event! But here's a nice picture to start of our two, after their run the morning after everything had wrapped up. I had deliberately tried to stage it to look like a nice picture I took last year.

Our original club, the Vizsla Club of Central New England (who is in the midst of rebuilding our website and so no links for now), has its Annual Meeting and Versatility Testing in the first week of August up at Sharpe's Farm in Hopkinton, NH. The Vizsla Club of America offers vizsla owners the opportunity for their dogs to earn a certificate that attests to the dog's intelligence, good looks, and ability in the field. Dogs need to acquire three passes each under three different judges in each of Conformation, Obedience, and Field. It is possible for a dog to 'test out' of any or all of these areas if it has already earned a title in one of these fields.

For example, while Momo earned his first leg of the Field portion this time last year, since then he has also earned his Senior Hunter title whose requirements exceed those of the Versatility. And so we have applied his SH title towards his Versatility Certificate (VC). We had hoped to finish up his Conformation and Obedience legs at the CVVC Versatility Test in June, but as noted here, he had some lapses of concentration in the Obedience portion. Actually just two. Big ones. Jozsi, too, had the opportunity to finish out the Conformation and Obedience portions of his VC this weekend.

And all that stuff involving making them sit behind an active batting cage, sitting in the rain, in the bright sunshine, on wet and dry grass, with the wind in their noses or on their backs, while dogs with no manners abandoned their owners and ran up to them, paid off! Both boys did well in what has to be the longest three minutes of anyone's life... as you try to not freak out while your dog contemplates why it is sitting in a line with four other dogs on a warm sunny day. And so, happily, Momo has completed the requirements for his VC!!! And all Jozsi needs to do is all the stuff he thinks is fun anyways. Wendy + Chris's Seeker also collected her final Field leg to finish her VC, as well! Happy happy joy joy! While this picture is also from the morning-after run, it's just a nice picture of our two in action.

As a club we had also decided to run something called 'Hunt Test 101' to expose our members to the requirements of the AKC Hunt Test program, complete with experienced judges and live-firing where appropriate. I had rounded up some seasoned judges who both knew the rules, and also knew how to encourage newcomers -- and despite the heat, we got 14 dogs through all of that, too! Busy busy! But it was great to see a bunch of old friends -- like Manny + Steph, Wendy + Chris, Val + Jeff, Ivan + Marlena -- and also some new ones.

5 comments:

smartdogs said...

Congratulations!

theliteraryhorse said...

Congratulations!
And can I send Christmas to you? We're signing him up for obedience school in September. He patiently does everything we ask...until he doesn't feel like it.
Or he's forced to disobey in order to save the world from evil alien takeover (cats) who are out to destroy the planet.

Andrew Campbell said...

Jane: I think we all might be better served just repeating all the affirmations and mantras that Kim posts from time to time. In all seriousness, though, and maybe it's acutely true for vizslas, but they recognize stress and take it on themselves. I realised going into this set of tests that if I just lived with the moment we were probably going to be fine. And frankly, as nice as it is to be done with the formality of it, this wasn't anything worth stressing me or the dogs about.

all best
Andrew

theliteraryhorse said...

I believe it. Now that I live with a hunting dog (!) I've noticed any disturbance in The Force causes him to react by either mirroring the stress level or desperately digging at you to try to make you stop the intense feelings.

Ohmmmmmmmmmmm

someday will learn....

theliteraryhorse said...

I believe it. Now that I live with a hunting dog (!) I've noticed any disturbance in The Force causes him to react by either mirroring the stress level or desperately digging at you to try to make you stop the intense feelings.

Ohmmmmmmmmmmm

someday will learn....