Two weeks ago the puppy raisers for The Joys of Living Assistance Dogs had their second annual competition. I was so lucky to be there with camera in hand.
First up was the obstacle course. Both of the older puppies and the younger puppies attended.
They rounded the corner in a tunnel.
And they wove through cones. The younger puppies had the guidance of a leash, but the older puppies were expected to to do with verbal and hand commands.
This was the first time the younger puppies had been exposed to the obstacle course, I loved how quickly they figured it out. Of course, a few of the trainers had to jump first.
But they all seemed to enjoy the jump.
Next up were the stays. Need I say more about the goldens? They seem to be born with some natural talent for a “stay.”
The younger puppies had a pretty good handle on staying put too. With each prompt the trainer walked backwards three feet. As soon as the puppy broke the stay, they were eliminated from that part of the competition.
Next up was the heel on each side and walking backwards.
They had the “to your kennel” challenge. This guy was so much fun to watch. Clearly he relates his kennel with something really good.
My very favorite of the whole day was when they had to wait for their dinner. This little guy didn’t see he humor, but he did such a good joy waiting.
And the older puppies were a riot. They had rivers of drool, but they knew the drill.
I had more fun watching the trainers and their pups.
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