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It does get better if you're prepared to put in the time and effort. People are always saying to me "The more you put in, the more you get out" and it's true. Rigsby is making steady progress and is so much better than he was this time last year.
Found out yesterday how much 'ring craft' has helped in the 'real' world. Took Bess to the vets for her annual check up and vaccination, and the vet had a good look at her teeth - and remarked how good she was at having them looked at. Then she gave her the kennel cough vaccine up her nostril - six months ago the vet had to trap her in a corner to do it, this time Bess just stood calmly as if she was standing for the judge, and just looked a bit puzzled as the vaccine was squirted. I was very pleased with her, and the marked difference in behaviour from when she was six months old!
Way to go Trish and Bess! woot-woot! Very nice of Catherine to provide coaching/support for you at the show, you must have been very appreciative. : ) Keep up the good work, Kim and Dougal : )
Talking of Hoovers Oscar hates it and hides under my husbands desk or tries to sit on his knee !! His sister Sky on the other hand follows me around and tries to play with it and thinks it's a big game !!! She does make me laugh :)
Thanks Dianne! I think Bess is enjoying it more now she knows what she's supposed to be doing (let's face it, she's being handled by me and I didn't have a clue!). I now know she can do it, I just hope she will do it in the show ring! :0)
Are you going to the Champ Show @ the Three Counties this weekend?
No, but we're going to a Gundog Open show at Coventry on Sunday. I wanted to get a bit more practice before the Champ shows. I was going to just keep to the Opens, but the ring craft trainers persuaded me to enter the Champ Shows. Our first Champ Show will be the Southern Counties at the end of May.
I'm going to decide on Sunday if we will also be there. It will be our first Champ Show so I want to see how well (or not), he does before committing myself. I would have liked to go to Windsor but Rigsby's breeder is judging, so we can't!
Good luck on Sunday!