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International Champion

Capra attended an IABCA dog show. This international style of conformation showing grades the dogs and gives written and verbal feedback from the judges. With three "excellent" (V-1) scores, Capra qualifies as an international champion. He also won the Non-Sporting Group in one of the shows.

Party at the Park

Dog parks are not for every dog. Some dogs are too shy and don't like a lot of new and different dogs approaching them. Some dogs are too boisterous and don't know how to back away from a shy or non-playful dog. Some dogs have unusual social skills that lead them to misread other dogs' cues, or trigger other dogs to behave badly toward them. Of course, any bitch in heat, or dog of either sex which is aggressive, should never go to the park. Nor should any dog which will not recall to its owner. You'll also need to be prepared to carry your dog's leash and pick up after your dog, like you would anywhere in public. Capra usually goes to the park every other day or so to I use a leash that can

Beginning agility

Capra did an agility lesson as a puppy, so he could get socialized to some of the equipment. Then we took a short course on agility handling for a few weeks. Now he is old enough we are starting to practice with actual obstacles once a week, and handling skills at home in between. In part because of the extensive socialization he got from Fiacre Dalmatians before he was even 8 weeks old, in part because of his natural temperament, and in part because I have continued to work to socialize him to new and different experiences, he is learning new obstacles with ease -- even the loud, abruptly moving teeter. What a good dog! Check out CleanRun.com for agility training equipment.

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