Friday, July 20, 2012

No time to rest

Even though I'm still on cloud nine with Mia's new CDX title, there is no time to rest for us.  We have an agility trial coming up in August and the retrieving ratings in October.  I am hoping to have Mia ready for RDX by then.  Here are some pictures taken from practice this week.  We've been working on doubles which basically means 2 bumpers are launched back to back.  Mia watches or "marks" where the 2 bumpers fall and then is sent to retrieve them one at a time.  She was sent to retrieve the long one first which was across the pond on the opposite shore.  Once she brought it back to me, I lined her up and sent back to get the other bumper which had fallen in a different part of the pond.

Retrieving the 2nd bumper

Good girl!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New CDX title for Mia!!!

I am beyond thrilled to announce that Mia earned her CDX (Companion Dog Excellent) title this weekend at the Durham Kennel Club Obedience show!!!!  Mia earned her 2nd leg on Saturday with a score of 194.5 and a 2nd place, and then earned her final leg and title on Sunday with a score of 192 and 3rd place!!  Mia had been doing really well on the individual exercises but was NQing on her out of sight stays.  We worked really hard over the last several months to proof those stays in somewhat stressful environments.  I was so glad to see our hard work paid off.  Now, we will be training for the utility level of obedience competition.  I am hoping to have Mia ready by April to compete at the Weimaraner Nationals.

Mia and me on Sunday after earning our title

When we got back to Wilmington, Mia was surprised with a congrats cake from my parents and sister.

Mia goofing off on Sunday afternoon with my brother.  Clearly, she thinks she's done working for a while ;)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Is it my turn yet??

Love this girl!!

One of the great things about being a teacher is that I get time off in the summer...and of course, I'm going to spend that time doing as much with Mia as I can.  Fortunately, we get to do a lot of retrieving training with our friend and mentor Diane Gallagher.  I'm hoping to have Mia ready to compete at the RDX level this fall.  Here she is watching another dog work a blind.  Mia was eagerly awaiting her turn to retrieve (by whining and pacing back and forth).