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Kate H
1st April 2012, 02:31 PM
Yesterday was the UK Toydog show - a big breed show for all the Toy breeds, but also some obedience classes, also for Toy breeds only. I took Aled along for practice, though I know he doesn't feel happy in the indoor venue, and in order to take Oliver with me, entered him in the highest class, as over the years we have been going to the show he's won out of all the other classes. I had no intention of working him, as he hasn't had any real training for over a year while I've concentrated on Aled, and meant just to scratch him when we arrived. But he was the only entry in that class (for those who know the UK obedience classes, it was a B, which is pretty difficult), and talking to the judge, she encouraged me to work Oliver just for fun, but said if his score was really astronomic she wouldn't give us the First prize (as this is the important one that contributes to winning out of that class into the next one up).

So I took Oliver into the ring. We did lots of heelwork off lead, including slow and fast paces; then a sendaway and recall to heel. Then a retrieve of an article provided by the judge (a short piece of hosepipe), and finally scent. And a 2-minute sit and 10-minute down stays, both with me out of sight. He did pretty well on all of them, tail wagging non-stop (he does enjoy working), and in all he lost 10 marks (I think the judge was kind - like everybody else, she fell for Oliver!). So we got our First prize - not bad for a dog with SM who will be 11 in June.

I was so pleased with Oliver. By next year's show, I don't think he'll be able to repeat his performance, so I really am retiring him now, though he'll continue to have fun doing the bits he enjoys, like sendaway, retrieve and scent, when we all go to our monthly training days. But it was lovely that he went out on a high, bowing out after a wonderful farewell performance. A friend took some photos of him working so when I get them I'll try posting some.

Kate, Oliver and Aled

Margaret C
1st April 2012, 02:38 PM
Well done Oliver.:rah:

You are a wonderful example of the happy companion cavaliers that we all love.

Sydneys Mom
1st April 2012, 03:20 PM
Amazing Oliver! Enjoy your retirement, you earned it.

Sabby
1st April 2012, 05:06 PM
That’s fantastic. Amazing to end on a high. You must have been so proud.

Nicki
1st April 2012, 06:08 PM
How fantastic, sounds like you both had a really lovely time and a great way to end his obedience career.

Charlifarley
1st April 2012, 06:41 PM
Well done to Oliver - and of course to you for training him to that standard!

Sandrac
1st April 2012, 08:21 PM
Well done Oliver you are a credit to your Mum. You have certainly earned every minute of your retirement after such a brilliant performance.

Desrae
1st April 2012, 08:29 PM
Congratulations to you and Oliver. You must have be so happy!

MadeleineSarah
1st April 2012, 09:36 PM
Congratulations to you both. You must be very proud of him. :)

M&O

ashleighelizabeth
2nd April 2012, 04:12 AM
Congratulations to you both!!! What a wonderful farewell performance!!!

pippa
2nd April 2012, 11:49 AM
Congrats!

mle201
11th April 2012, 01:47 AM
A 10 minute out of sight down stay! Ugh, that must feel like an eternity in a trial! Here our out of sight down stays are 5 minutes and it feels more like 20 :)

That is really great that Oliver's farewell performance was such a success, congratulations!

Karen and Ruby
13th April 2012, 02:01 PM
WOWSA!!!

Go Oliver! A B win is truely an astonishing feat for a Cavalier!!!


Well done- what a way to retire!