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Results of the past 12 months

Voodoo has had a VERY busy first 12 months of trialing! Between 9-25-16 (the day he turned 6 mo. old) and 9-17-17 (at 17 mo old) he earned 25 titles in 7 different sports + CGC and Tricks. These were things that would not be too hard on his young body, but now that he is 18 mo. old (on 9-25), we will be starting to work on more rigorous things like Agility, energetic head-up heeling and doing more than just a few turns per day at future Dock Diving and Lure Coursing events. There will be a break in trialing for a while though, while I build up my finances again because building a full agility course and trial entry fees are not cheap! 🙂
Break down of his titles:
1 – Field work (WC)
3- Obedience (BN, RN, CW-Ob1)
7- Barn Hunt (Instinct – Champion X)
3- CWAGS nosework (Level 1-3)
5- AKC nosework (all 4 Novice elements + Novice title)
2- Dock Diving (Master and Elite)
2- Tricks (NTD and ITD)
1- Lure Coursing (FastCAT- BCAT)
1- Other (CGC)
The 7 sports represented so far are: Field work, Barn Hunt, Obedience, Rally, Dock Diving, Nosework, and Lure Coursing. Plus CGC and Tricks.
If you want to see more details, check out this page:
He has blown me away with each Q and title earned because he makes it seem so effortless! He is able to take what he learns at home and apply it in ANY environment, which is huge! And he learns new things incredibly fast and once he has it, he retains that knowledge/ability. I have NO doubt this is greatly aided by all the early work of the breeder, from the training and selection of his parents to hours and hours of early training, stimulation, and exposure to many novel things. It set him up for success by creating a puppy that is very stable and understands how to learn and retain what he has learned. Thank-you Erin Lynes and Eromit Labs! And, I’m sure, 30 years of training dogs on my part has helped a bit too 🙂
I am so excited by his future and good Lord willing, if my body holds out long enough, I’d love to see him become a Champion in even more sports. As long as it is fun for both of us, we will continue to play the games.
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Eukanuba Dog Sports Event

Voodoo had an EXCELLENT weekend at the huge, 4 day, Eukanuba Dog Sports event this past weekend! He earned a total of 7 titles!!!

Dock diving Elite (for dogs jumping over 24′)
FastCAT BCAT (over 150 points determined by mph)
Nose work: interior, exterior, containers, and buried which earned him his nose work Novice title!

He also qualified for the championship rounds in dock diving and FastCAT but we had to opt out. I felt he had done enough of those sports and didn’t want to push it. Plus, he’s still at the short end of Elite (biggest jump this weekend: 25′ 1″) and he would have been competing against the dog that has ranked the highest in the nation (Shelby) and he’s not in that league (yet) 🙂 He only needed one Elite Q, so I only had him do 1 splash per day.

You would think that might have worn him out, but no. He was just as energetic and eager to work (play, for him) on Sunday at the awards ceremony as he was on day one! Even more so because he found out about FastCAT (straight line 100 yard dash chasing a lure coursing lure) at this event and I think he has a new obsession. LOL His fastest time was 7.47 sec which is almost 28 mph! So he was able to earn the BCAT title in just 6 runs!

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I haven’t updated since July!  Sorry.  I have mostly just been updating his facebook page: So if you want more timely updates, just ask to join his page and let me know you found it from his blog.

Here are some photos I took for the weekly challenge group:

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Last week’s photo challenge was “Fairy Tale”. This one was fun! Photo of Voodoo was taken today, other elements added as layers. Voodoo says “I found dis slipper…”8-8-17 Fairy Tale

Voodoo had his preliminary X-rays of elbows and hips this morning. He slept it off in bed for most of the day 🙂 Vet said X-rays look good. Growth plates are confirmed closed. Elbows and hips

8-24-17 prelim elbows8-24-17 prelim x-rays

Sleepy boys at a hotel and Voodoo chillin on the couch in his favorite pose

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On Aug 12th Voodoo met up with his full brother Brooks at the barn hunt trial. It was a pleasure chatting with his mom Nicole! V on the left and B on the right. Voodoo had the same issues as all but one dog in trial one and hit on litter within about 10 sec. But on trial 2 he got first place and high in class with a run time of 3 min. even. Such a good boy! We will try again tomorrow.


He’s been working on learning agility equipment and a few progress videos are posted on my Vimeo page: There is also a nosework practice I got on video and some that were just for fun.

He is only 4 Qs away from his RATCHX2 now!  And he had a great weekend dock diving! He’s now jumping in the Elite division with a personal best of 24′ 10″!  He is also only 1 jump away from his Elite title and one jump away from his air retrieve title.

We are keeping busy and he is entered in the Eukanuba event in a couple weeks and will be doing nosework, dock diving and fastcat. If all goes well, he may get some new titles at that event!