Click HERE for results of Beagle Club of Canada events!
There are many activities that can be enjoyable for both handler and their dog.
While Beagles have a reputation for difficult to train, we prefer "Beagelly Challenged" and with consistant training sessions can excel at anything.
Conformation Dog Shows
At Conformation events, the dog is judged on how well the exhibit conforms to the written "Standard" of perfection in the eyes of the judge. This opinion is based on the dog in the competition presented on the day. All aspects are considered, presentation, movement, structure, head, expression and attitude (of dog and handler!)
The Canadian Kennel Club Dog Show Rules are available HERE
Pictured below, Christopher Giroux readies Am, Can Ch Branston Windkist Masquerade for examination
Juniors are the future of dog sports! Junior handling events are held at conformation shows and obedience trials. Junior handling in conformation is open to children aged 4 - 18, in Obedience from 7 - 18. In this event the child is judged on their skills presenting in the dog to the judge. The Pee Wee conformation class (for ages 4 - 6) is non competitive! There is nothing more encouraging than seeing the bond between a dog and their Junior handler.
Pictured below, Steven Snell- Moen presents his dog, Ch Sealgair Some Bunny To Love and Shayna Moen moves her Beagle, Ch Sealgair Super Girl in the group ring
Obedience competitions begin with exercises that attest to the dog’s good manners – walking on a leash at the owner’s side, standing to be touched by a stranger, sitting and lying down with distractions, and coming when called.
Advanced classes prove the owner’s ability to train the dog to do a variety of ‘tricks’: fetching a dumbbell, jumping different obstacles, obeying commands in an instant whether given by hand signal or voice, and finding items touched by the owner.
The goal is to create a working team, a partnership with both human and canine working in sync.
THE PERFORMANCE EVENTS ARE NOT LIMITED TO PUREBRED DOGS
Pictured above, TraJam Longhorn Legally Blonde CD going over an agility jump with owner/handler Rosemary Holtz
(From AKC website)
Agility is the most popular dog sport in the country, providing exercise and entertainment for both you and your dog. You will teach your dog to follow your cues through a timed obstacle course that includes tunnels, jumps, and other challenges. It's an athletic activity for both of you, highlighting your dog's agility and versatility as well as your teamwork and communication.
You don't need to be a pro to get started: There classes and matches for novices and experienced competitors–and every level in between.
(From Dog Owner's Guide website)
Rally has some characteristics of rally sports car racing, dog agility, and traditional obedience combined into a new fun sport.
Much to the delight of many exhibitors, rally is now a regular class that can be included at obedience trials.
As with other regular classes, dog and handler teams can earn titles beginning with RN for novice level, RA for advanced, and RX for excellent level.
The awesome power of the dog’s sense of smell is almost beyond belief. Because we can never completely understand how canine scenting processes work, we don’t ‘teach’ dogs how to track – we provide some guidance, and a framework in which they are able to learn what is expected, and they go on to show us how incredible their noses really are. At a tracking test, the dog follows an unmarked track laid down some time before by a stranger. The dog must follow it to find one or more articles dropped along the way and at the end. He wears a harness, and is attached to his handler by a long line, but the handler is pretty much just along for the ride. The dog is the one that knows where he’s going.
Scent hurdling is partly about obedience, and partly about speed. It’s similar to flyball in that it’s a four-dog team event, a relay race up and back over a line of small hurdles. However, the object of each dog’s attention at the end of the course is not a spring-loaded box that spits out tennis balls, but a board on which are placed four identical dumbbells, one of which carries his handler’s scent. The dog must sniff out the right dumbbell, pick it up, and bring it back over the jumps. Good scent-hurdle dogs are both fast and accurate, and as enthusiastic about their game as flyball specialists are about theirs.
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