Showing posts from January, 2023

2022.12 December

  Titles earned this month....    AKC Trick Dog Advanced Link to Mookie's titles   What is a title, really?  (...a must read!)  December photos are in this album!  December videos are added to this album! A little late in getting this done!  The Mookster had a good month ... meaning he had LOTS of FUN doing a variety of things!   What we completed was his AKC Trick Dog Advance  title completing 10 tricks including back up, circle right, circle left,  identify toy by name (out of 3),  pull a bag with objects,  retrieve - flat item, flat surface (credit card from floor),  scent articles (choose from 5),  sit or down at distance (15 ft.),  toys (take to and drop in box), and 2 handler's choice (pull on a cart across room and get ready between legs and go to place).  This is the 3rd level as he had earned the Novice and Intermediate titles in August. There was lots of snow at the beginning of the month which thrilled him!  His fun thing was to push his wiggle ball around the yard b

AKC Conformation

The official term for dog shows is conformation — as in, the act of conforming or producing conformity. While a dog show may look like a beauty pageant, it’s not. Dogs are not being compared to each other; they’re being measured by how closely they conform to the standard of their particular breed .  Why? Because the closer a dog’s appearance is to the breed’s standard, the better that dog’s ability will be to produce puppies that meet the standard. It’s also the reason why mixed breeds and spayed or neutered purebreds are ineligible to compete in conformation. As one of the most popular AKC events , conformation events range from large all-breed shows, with over 3,000 dogs entered, to small local specialty club shows that feature only one breed. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ And the journey is on...  (in reverse order) 2023 January   The second show that Mookie was entered in was held by the Winnegamie Dog Club at the Sunnyview Expo Center in Oshkosh was much bigger but still there was