After Becca earned her CD title, I(Donna) wanted to continue on with her obedience career. The Graduate Novice class is a nice transition between the CD and CDX classes. Becca had come close to getting a qualifying score when previously entered in the Graduate Novice class, but unfortunately she would fail one exercise—often a difference one each time.
Happily at the Greyhound Club of America Obedience Trial in Lompoc last weekend she got a qualifying score!!! The ring condition was a challenge because it had wood chips filling up the many, many holes. The judge was attempting to have Becca avoid these wood chip areas for the drop on recall exercise and gave me the drop command when Becca had almost reached her—since she was so close to her handler, often a dog will think it’s a regular recall and not “drop” when asked to do so. But Becca prevailed--she especially enjoyed the two jumping exercises.