Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Central Florida
I trained in a large, old, metal quonset hut that had been converted into a chicken coop ... does this count? Before they moved to the Prince Frederick Fairgounds, the Chesapeake Kennel Club of Maryland used to hold their training classes in a chicken coop ... no heat in the winter, no a/c in the summer, sand on the floor that had to be watered down every day, bare light bulbs above, and lots of little creatures scurrying around to grab a dogs attention on long sits and downs. In the Winter we wore heavy coats and long undies, Spring and Fall were delightful, and Summer classes were suspended until sometime in September. Our instructor raised sheep so she held summer classes at her house in one of the pastures (lots of good distractions for herding breeds). Fortunately the instructor was excellent, the best I've ever had and was well worth the inconvenience ... it prepared us well for showing in unsavory conditions including lots of different distractions for both indoor and outdoor matches and shows, unexpected sights and odors, and bad weather conditions .
Gayle, Faith, Ledgie, Scooby
At the Bridge: Andy, Abbey, Tasha, Tex, Echo, Yukon, JR, Too, Niki, Bo, Ringer, Kelly, Honey, Mac, Slider & Bruiser