In 2017 Breeze successfully attained her CD (Companion Dog) title in obedience. She is now retired from competing in obedience. :)
Breeze is a natural born talent, she loves heelwork and has an incredible focus and work ethic that is exceedingly rare. She wears her heart on her sleeve and is an absolute pleasure to train and trial.
How lucky I am to be able to trial with such a magnificent dog. I am blessed enough to know that not many people have this opportunity, and therefore I treasure and enjoy every moment in the ring with her.
What is CD?
Novice Obedience (CD) is one step up from the entry level CCD title. To earn a CD title, the dog and handler must compete in an obedience trial, score a certain amount of points, and gain enough passes under several judges. They must perform the following exercises:
the heeling exercise is off lead so it requires a lot more input and concentration from the dog to stay next to the handler
the stand for examination is also off lead with the handler standing two metres away
the recall is a bit longer at 12 metres and after the dog comes in and sits, it must go around the handler and sit at heel on the left side.
the last exercise has a handler’s choice between retrieving a dumbbell over four metres or the dog doing a change of position where it is left in a stand and, with the handler three metres in front, goes into the down on command and stays there whilst the handler returns around it.
the stay exercises are harder too, the sit for a minute and the down for three minutes and the handlers are all 12 metres away.
Update : 18/11/2017 - Breeze has finally achieved our goal of reaching her title in CD (Novice Obedience), coming in second place in a strong entry field and marking her official retirement from the trial rings. It has been such an honour to trial her in obedience and whilst her training will continue into UD and beyond, we shall hang up our trialling boots and enjoy our time relaxing together outside the ring. :)