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                                           THE REMEDY
                                           FOR HYPER-PUPPY
                                           The Johnson family’s Border Collie pup ‘Heidi’
                                           soon took on the nickname of “Hyper Heidi.”
                                           Hyper Heidi wanted to play all the time, and
                                           when no one wanted to play back, she jumped
                                           on the spot, marking each landing with a loud
                                           bark. The Johnsons jokingly referred to their
                                           puppy’s new disposition as HPS, short for “Hy-
                                           per-Puppy Syndrome.” They needed some ac-
                                           tivities to cure her HPS, to burn through her
                                           pent up energy, and they needed it fast.

                                           by Alison Preiss
                                           photos by Marcia Leeder

AGILITY                                           RALLY OBEDIENCE                                    TRACKING

Agility is the perfect sport for the dog (and     Rally (also known as Rally-O) is a sport that      Have you got a puppy that loves to sniff? If
handler!) with lots of energy. Agility involves   emphasizes teamwork and fun. It is similar         so, your pet could have the makings of a great
a dog moving through a number of obsta-           to obedience competition in that the dog ex-       tracking dog. Tracking is essentially a dog’s
cles (jumps, tunnels, catwalks, weave poles,      ecutes commands (both verbal and body),            ability to find an object based on a scent path.
teeter-totters) in a particular order, guided     but in Rally, the commands are written on          Most tracking participants recommend start-
by the handler. The sport is judged on both       signs laid out at stations. This makes for a       ing out with a training book (many recom-
speed and precision, so it’s important that       much more continuous performance where             mend Tracking From the Ground Up by Sandy
you and your dog pay close attention to each      fun and enthusiasm are prized over precision.      Ganz and Susan Boyd). Basic requirements
other. Dogs learn important obedience skills      Mastering the Heel command and keeping             for tracking are a halter, a very long leash,
as you work together as a team. Some exer-        your pup’s attention are important in Rally.       and a puppy with an excellent nose. Track-
cises require the dog to be off lead at times     A beginner’s course can include the com-           ing can be done for titles or just for fun.
but still obeying your commands.                  mands: “Sit,” “Stay,” “Turn,” “Change Pace,”
                                                  and “Recall.”                                      Those interested in tracking can find infor-
Introductory classes are offered through                                                             mation from a Canadian perspective at www.
many dog-training facilities and are favour-      Many dog-training facilities offer introduc-
ites among puppies and owners alike! For          tory classes for Rally, and clinics can be found
more information check out the Agility Asso-      through the Canadian Association of Rally          Dogs from the Sporting and Hound Groups
ciation of Canada at                  Obedience web site at       are especially keen trackers.

Agility is open to all dogs (both purebred        Rally is open to all dogs (purebred or mixed).
                                                                                                     ALISON PREISS is a contributor to Dogs in Canada’s
and mixed breed).                                                                                    monthly magazine (see page 86).

                                            If any of these activities sound right for you and your dog, refer to the
                                                Directory of Activities on page 224, to find a club in your area.                                                                                      AC T I V I T I E S                      101

It is important to re-
member that pup-
pies are still growing
and can be easily in-
jured. Keep activities
light and fun to en-
sure that your puppy
grows up to be a
happy, healthy adult.


                                                                              Whether you already have experience with dog
                                                                              shows or are trying them out for the first time,
                                                                              it’s a good idea to attend handling classes. Han-
                                                                              dling classes range from structured sessions (ev-
                                                                              ery week for a set number of weeks) to more

T        he Johnsons arranged a schedule of activities for Hyper Heidi, in-
         cluding long lunchtime walks, free running in the fenced-in dog
park and lots of Frisbee games in the backyard. Somewhere along the way,
Heidi lost her HPS and her nickname.
                                                                              flexible classes where you can just show up with-
                                                                              out pre-registering.

                                                                              Classes are taught by experienced judges and
   In between the stages of having a young puppy that sleeps for most of      handlers who will be patient and understand-
the day and an adult dog that sleeps most of the day, all dog owners will     ing with your puppy. The classes are designed to
find themselves with a young dog that has more energy than either of you      make your puppy feel more comfortable inside
know how to handle. Maybe that extra-long walk is doing little to tire out    the show ring, as well as other new environments.
your dog. Or perhaps you’ve succumbed to the fact that your television
watching must now occur while playing a half-hearted game of fetch.           Many clubs hold sanction matches, which offer
   You and your pet can participate in a whole spectrum of activities that    you and your pet a chance to be in a dog-show
will help burn off extra energy, increase obedience, encourage socializing    environment without anything counting toward
and, most importantly, strengthen the bond between the two of you. Do         their future show career. When both of you are
some research and try one out – you’ll be surprised at how much fun you       ready, you can enter official conformation shows.
both have!                                                             ➢      There are usually a few each month to choose
                                                                              from, so check the CKC’s Calendar of Events at
                                                                     for shows in your province.

                                                                              Conformation shows are open to all CKC-reg-
                                                                              istered purebred dogs over six months of age.

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