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A Wing and a Prayer and we Fly

Busta, winner of the October 2011 Novice Obedience Class

Busta, winner of the October 2011 Novice Obedience Class. Owned, trained, handled, loved, and ocassionally cussed at by Debbie Davidson

I write this post about a significant accomplishment exactly one week late because I’ve been insanely busy. Yet I’m pleased to announce that my five-year-old Rottweiler, Busta, who has been in retirement and who hasn’t competed in an obedience trial since 2007 won the Novice obedience class on Saturday, October 23.  He won “high in trial” too with a perfect score.

The decision to enter the dog came from a place of desperation.  Earlier I had made the rather sad decision to retire my white German Shepherd bitch who showed a great deal of promise in obedience.  But, I needed a goal, something that would keep me working with my dogs, and I needed a dog that might, just might, progress through the various classes and earn an obedience title.  I hauled Busta out of retirement.

He had learned all the novice exercises when he was a puppy, but it was many years since I worked him.  Despite my best intentions to prepare him for the upcoming show, our work together was sporadic at best.  Three weeks prior to the show I did no work with him.  We were entering on a wing and a prayer.  Yet, we managed to impress the judge.  Busta remained focused in the ring and did everything asked of him quickly and enthusiastically.

Now I scramble to find time to prepare him for the Beginner’s Class on November 20.  It’s tough when there are so many other things clamoring for my time.  A fellow competitor who used to enter multiple dogs in obedience while working full time told me that she’d wake up early and train during the 5:00am hour, working each dog with one exercise for a total of three minutes.  I will have to try that.

We need to work on the one-minute stand-stay, and the high and long jump.  Busta proved many years ago that he is not a jumper.  He is the only one of my dogs who has never shown any inclination to jump on furniture.  With the Jamaica Kennel Club’s recent decision to lower the jump heights for competition obedience, I just might be able to entice Busta to perform the jumps.  We’ll see….

A Dog-Trainer Decides to Boycott Jamaica Kennel Club Shows

Today, April 11, 2010, was to be the Jamaica Kennel Club’s (JKC) all-breed championship dog show and obedience trial.  I entered my white GS bitch Athena many weeks ago, paid her entry fee, and planned on entering some of my other dogs.

I took the day off from my organ-playing church job–not an easy task. Anyway, I gave advance notice and got the time off.

The night before I stayed up making last minute preparations for the show, like filling plastic bottles with water for the dogs, gathering up grooming supplies, etc. Next morning I loaded the dogs in the car and set off for the 20-something mile journey to the show.

I pulled up to the gates of the show venue to find that they were locked.  The grounds were deserted, and there was not even a stray dog to be seen.  Puzzled, I called the President of the Jamaica Kennel Club and was told that the show had been postponed until the 16th.

I asked why I wasn’t informed of this change (yes, they have my contact information.  This is not the first time I’ve entered shows).  Mr. President informed me that it was the Kennel Club’s responsibility to inform registrants of the change.  Now, I had called the JKC’s  office on Friday about one of my entries, but the worker there said nothing to me about a change of date.  In fact, she was to gather some information and get back to me.  She never did call me back.

It was right there that I decided that I’ll never enter another dog show.   I have had it with the Jamaica Kennel Club and its inefficiency.  All too often dog shows start 2 hours late when the dogs are hot and tired waiting around, and their owners/handlers are stressed and tempers flare.  I shall be visiting the office tomorrow and requesting a refund of my entry fees.  I will also be pulling the registration of all my current dogs, and will not be registering future litters or puppies/dogs that I purchase.

Jamaica Kennel Club Dog Show–Review

On a cool, overcast Sunday morning in October, dog owners and enthusiasts came out for The Jamaica Kennel Club (JKC)–sponsored dog show.  This particular show had a different “feel” from previous shows.  This time the JKC combined their All-Breed Championship, German Shepherd Breed Show, and Obedience Trial all on the same day.  They even changed the venue, choosing the smaller, more intimate space of the KSAC Sports Club instead of the instead of the Hockey Federation Grounds.  Given the costs involved with staging a dog show, the JKC probably made a prudent move in combining shows and moving to a smaller venue. 

Given the size of the show, the venue suited this event quite well.  It was very easy to get from one station to another; consequently, I was able to take in much of the conformation and obedience trial with great ease.  The thick cloud cover provided shade, but with the dearth of trees on the field, finding shade would be a challenge on a hot day.

Susan Margaret Belfield from the UK judged both shows.  According to her biographical data printed in the show’s catalog, she is a “British Kennel Club A1 approved Breed Championship Show judge…and an International Championship Show Breed specialist.” 

Dog Show 10.18 028Many contestants did not show up, however.  Maybe it was because of the cooling rains from the previous night that kept folks away.  There was only one rottweiler present for the conformation show, for instance: Jezeve Coc at Dryview, an imported bitch owned and handled by Damian Yap.  Belfield awarded her a Reserve Challenge Certificate (RCC).

Dog Show 10.18 013Due to work responsibilities, I arrived at the show late.  The Labrador class had already come and gone.  I did manage to catch the judging of the corgis, but was surprised that there were no Shih Tzus entered:  they are perhaps the most popular of the small breeds in Jamaica.  There was one Yorkshire class and one Pomeranian class each with only one entry.

Dog Show 10.18 041Once again, Marksman and dominated the obedience trials, and only one amateur trainer/owner  competed.  Most of the dogs did very well, and it was truly amazing that they could work off leash with a German Shepherd tethered to a nearby fence that kept barking for the entire show!  It is truly lamentable that more people do not train their dogs and compete in these trials.  There is no better way to bond with a dog than to train it.  It’s a great learning experience, and a humbling one, too.

By midday judging wrapped up for the All-Breed Show, and the judge began announcing the winners.  The German Shepherd Breed show was scheduled to take place after lunch, but I left before that started.

 The next show takes place on November 8, which will feature an all-breed championship component and obedience trial.  Hopefully more people will turn out to support the show by entering their registed and non-registered dogs.

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