We take a lot of photos of my dogs when I’m competing. Partly for the same reason one takes photos of anything–keepsakes, bragging rights, and (these days) Facebook shares.
But in large part, it’s a great way to figure out exactly what happened in the ring—things that seem inexplicable in the moment, but become all too clear with a series of photos or a bit of digital recording.
The thing is, it’s easy to blame a dog for what happens in the ring. And it’s true, sometimes Dart simply “gives me the paw.” But more often it’s worth digging down for deeper understanding, because more often it’s about subtle things that humans don’t take into account because it doesn’t bother them.
The weekend before last, we went to our area’s biggest yearly AKC obedience and rally trial. It’s a regional qualifier with a huge draw, and it’s held inside (unusual for this area). The building is a thing of unceasing chaotic din even when humans and dogs alike are using their indoor voices. Continue reading »