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First Time in the Ring!

Today marked Sage’s first venture into the obedience ring! A Rally workshop at Cal State U. Hayward.

His biggest challenge wasn’t the Rally exercises, it was his fear of the other dogs and new things – issues that have haunted him from puppyhood, in spite of ongoing socialization. We have been taking it slow and giving him manageable challenges for awhile now. In the past couple months he’s shown increased maturity and is doing much better in the presence of other dogs, showing good focus in training. From the time he was a teeny puppy his work ethic has been awesome and he learns super fast!

Today’s goal: Socialization in an outdoor obedience show environment. The result: He did an awesome job! Handled being around the other dogs far better than anticipated. Had this been a real trial he’d have gotten his first Rally Novice leg and a pretty good score! ย The ongoing obedience classes are paying off! (Of course, giving him a chance to grow up helped a LOT!)

This was a REALLY BIG day for Sage!

5 Responses

  1. Great news, Kathy!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Way to go Sage!!

  2. Yay! Glad to hear it. Good boy Sage. Hugs from one of your grandmas. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Yay for Sage!

  4. Good job, Sage!!! Such a sweet boy.

  5. Good job. He’ll get there . . .

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