December Rally Trials – Intermediate

December Rally Trials – Intermediate

Many Firsts The short version is that we did MUCH better in our second set of trials. This was a two-day meet held in the building where we take many of our classes and attend practice drills, which was less distracting than the Expo Center’s horse arena with its alluring livestock aromas. We had worked a lot on getting him to pay more attention to me, and on me handling him more smoothly. It went better than I had dared…

Rally Obedience Trials – Novice

Rally Obedience Trials – Novice

Chama and I competed in Rally Obedience trials that were held Friday-Sunday, Sept 29 – Oct 1 at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds in Albuquerque. The location is convenient for us: 15 minutes from our house and right in the city. For Obedience and Rally Obedience, they haul about 6″ of dirt, somewhere between damp and wet, into the indoor horse arena, spread it around, and pack it tight. It doesn’t smell much like anything but dirt to us humans,…

First Rally Obedience Drill Session

First Rally Obedience Drill Session

We got into Rally Obedience because Chama’s Novice Obedience class series ended and there wasn’t an Intermediate Obedience series scheduled. Our instructor told me there was a Rally Novice class starting soon that might be a reasonable substitute. What good advice! Chama was bored with regular obedience classes but enjoys Rally. A bored puppy is not an ideal student because they make their own fun. Instead of working to master one command at a time, in Rally you learn several…

A Chama is Born!

A Chama is Born!

Sophie had her litter of 7 pups on October 1, 2022, in Hermiston, OR. We don’t know for sure which pup is Chama in this first set of photos because we can’t see his green collar. Here’s Chama, Mr. Green Collar! His sleeping pose here is a hint about his future sleeping preferences. The pups are sleeping on their potty pan. Anne, their breeder, said this litter didn’t use the potty pan much at all for pottying. Chama somehow learned…