Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: GTA, Ontario, Canada
Lesson 1. Always confirm locations--no matter how small the town is.
Lesson 2. Bring your dog, bring a crate. Say hi.
So I arrived at the field on the right day, right time, wrong club. Oooops. I figured they'd be able to give us directions, so walked up and asked. We were given directions and a very friendly welcome, and invitation to stay and watch if we liked so we never made it that other schutzhund club.
We were asked about our dog; yes, they would have evaluated him, no problem, even if he's off breed, missing a tooth, and maybe never ever would do protection, as in, a-okay to join for the purpose of getting a BH or tracking title, and learning how to play a better game of tug aka drive building.
I was not 100% on board with the training techniques used (whipping up dog into into a frenzy for protection work, so that they will go into 'defense' drives--this is not for me).
The obedience looked very precise, sharp, serious, again, not for me. I like that ready to explode in joy bouncy jawing heeling.
But I was made to feel very welcome, and it was fun, and nobody laughed at us for dropping in on the wrong club (except for one joke about 'poaching' members).
Still in contact with the original club, letting them know I'm interested in 'building a better game of tug' and that BH thing, and getting more prey drive for the toy out my dog (he has plenty in the woods). And confidence building--which is something I really want to do with my dog, given his past history (3rd world street dog)
So I get to do round two later.
Next time will bring my dog and crate.
SONIC--Dominican Street Collie aka 100% Unknown Fibers
All of my other dogs were GSD's, sadly missed, moving forward
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Last edited by islanddog; 08-31-2016 at 02:13 PM.