Well, it finally happened!
After 1.5 yrs of hard work, patience, and dedication, Janka (at the youthful age of 7) & I earned our BH under Nathaniel Roque in Sept. We planned to trial in June, but I fractured my back & leg after a horse riding accident a month prior, so I ruined our plans for a while.
The judge made our 1st experience wonderfully enjoyable, and even though it was midday & in the 90s, Janka was a trooper and her efforts to please me touched me so much. My husband told me he overheard the judge say, "Oh. Happy!" when we did the recall.
Traffic was fun, and for Janka who was extremely leash aggressive (after 2 separate attacks from loose dogs) to be relaxed and handler focused with all these strange dogs in close proximity, including a very excited Mal... THAT was my crowning achievement w/ Janka.
We are continuing to train, aiming for IPO1 tracking in Dec...
Janka modelling her BH medal, on a hike the day after. (she had a hematoma last year, hence the ear flop)