Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Rally Resolution.

German Shepherd Dog Club of Indiana is having an all-breed rally competition on March 31, 2012.

I would really like to do rally with Violet.

She's solid on most of the behaviors required to compete for a RN title. (Rally Novice, she'd make a crappy nurse. Collie hair all over sterile surfaces.) She needs more public proofing, and we need to work on her heel big time. Eric helped me work with her on heel this morning and she had almost a perfect heel with him! What the heck? I'm a little bit bolstered by this, I'd rather it was me screwing it up, I can fix myself.

But I'd have 3 months, right?

What's the worst that can happen? We don't qualify? At least we tried. I think I'm gonna do it. It'll be her first time in any sort of competition, but if I have my way, far from the last.

Violet says ha, ha, ha, mom. You think I'm gonna heel that well by then? Ha, ha, ha.


  1. Hey, if it sounds fun, do it. I'm currently going through the debate on if I should enter Koira in an upcoming rally trial. I think the thing to remember is that you don't have to be perfect before going in the ring.

  2. That's what I'm thinking. Would it be Koira's first? It'd be Vi's first, so I'm kind of thinking that even if we somehow walk out of the ring with 10 points remaining, at least we know what we need to work on, strengths and weaknesses. She's coming along gorgeously on her training, she just doesn't always focus well in busy, public situations. But that is what proofing is for, and I have 3 months.