I was sorely tempted to skip Schutzhund practice tonight, after my last post, but I went. And it was a good thing I did.
(Long post, so here’s the summary — 300 Peck rocks, Laev nearly breaks my neck, and I am happy about it all.)
It’s been coming on gradually, but this weekend I finally said it aloud — I’m not sure I’m ever going to title Laev in Schutzhund.
This is really rough for me. I bought Laev (the first dog I’ve ever purchased, as opposed to adopted from a shelter or rescue group or off the street) specifically for her genetics, developed specifically for this sport. We started sport-training at 8 weeks old and have never stopped, except for the occasional time off for a minor injury or such. I’ve worked hard on this, sacrificed other activities to make training time, etc.
But we’re just not beating this gunfire thing, and without that, nothing else matters. Continue reading
A female Bullmastiff puppy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So, a few years ago a man hurried through a simple routine task which no one would ever see, and last week a backhoe came through the living room window. Cause and effect.
A year ago, I heard from Steve White of a new sport which could title dogs for identifying odors in scent boxes — very basic detection work. It sounded too good to be true.
Then this week, Laurie Luck posted about her trip to a seminar on that same sport. Now I am getting seriously jealous.
This is so important, it needs its own post.
This is a review of the fatal dog attacks of 2009 and their data — the breeds involved (16 breeds in 32 incidents), the common circumstances, and what we can learn from them for preventing other tragedies.
Dog bites happen, but most can be prevented. And assuming that breed determines behavior, or that banning a breed will make us safe, is foolhardy and even dangerous.
Read it, and see that your legislator reads it, too.