People witnessed lots of tail-wagging at the Farm Center in Dothan this morning. The Southeast Alabama Kennel Club held their first fun match of the year that showcased some of the area’s most obedient dogs.
Dog Trainer John Outland said- “We train dogs almost every day on something, and then on the weekends, on Saturday, we do a good run through all the exercises that were trained in the past week. There are six exercises.“
John Outland and his dog Brooklyn have trained together for six years. Brooklyn looks like any other competition dog but is actually quite different.
Outland said- “Brooklyn came from the shelter. I have adopted her. She is about eight years. I have taken care of her for about six years. I am amazed by how far Brooklyn has come, not to forget the fact that she came off the street. If she hears the truck door slam, she pounces at the door. I don’t care if she is sleeping somewhere in the house, she wants to be with me, or whatever, it is what it takes. You have to have a bond between you and your dog.”
Brooklyn was one of the dogs which took part in the competition in several different categories. Dogs like Brooklyn, compete in the obedience category and show how well they have been taught to follow directions.
Other dogs were a part of the conformation portion, that judged dogs based on how they represented their breed.
The match didn’t count in the kennel club’s circuit of competition but was meant to be fun and give trainers a chance of practicing in a mock setting.
American Kennel Club Judge Judy Cartner said- “This is just for fun, an easy way to learn, give the dog some ring experience, and have other people handle your dog,“
Brooklyn ended up winning the advanced obedience portion, but Outland thinks that she can improve much more and has the potential to do better.
Outland said- “She did all the exercises pretty well, but the fronts and the finishes were a little bit off. The finishes were a little bit off, lagging.“