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Helping a Reactive Dog Compete in Rally-And Why We Retired

26 days ago   |   By Eileen and Dogs

This is a rewrite, with significant changes, of a post originally published in March 2013.
The distracting, sometimes scary environment of a dog trial
In March of 2013, Summer and I competed in her last AKC Rally Obedience trial. Yes, I was one of the many people who took a moderately reactive dog to trials to compete. She was such a good sport. She was a wonderful partner and did a great job, but I decided afterward that I was asking too much of her.
Summer stepping out with a jaunty gait, relaxed mouth and face, and a happy tail
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