At the Yakima Valley Dog Show on June 6th, in the pouring rain, Ashton got his final leg in Rally Novice! Woo Hoo! It wasn't the cleanest run (score of 86) but he qualified. Poor guy, every time he tried to look up at John he would get rain in his eyes and ears making it hard to concentrate.
This past weekend Ashton helped raise money for the Adams County Pet Rescue by giving his first off-lead Rally Advanced demonstration. We are so proud. Despite all the people, dogs, food and other distractions he stayed focused and had a run that we dream about during competition. And this was all done on a course that did not have a gate set up around it!
To cap it off his weekend, Ashton began his adventures in agility. He's a fearless one. He found the tire and jumps to be a piece of cake. The A-frame and dog walk required some treats but he wasn't scared or even phased by them. My hubby seemed to enjoy himself and actually mentioned building equipment of our own! Now I won't have to be jealous of all of Doug and Gromit's toys! lol
June 19th is going to be Ashton's intro to herding. The CPWCC is holding a Herding Instinct Test so we are going to give it a shot. Sink or swim, it's going to be a fun experience for us. His breeder is going to attend the event so it will give us a chance to visit and for Ashton to see some of his relatives!
Rally, volunteer work, agility and now herding. Oh and he is helping teach beginning obedience classes as the example dog on Tuesday nights. We definitely keep him (and us) busy! :)