…went pretty good..but it had a rough start..
So it was held at a kennel at their outdoor pavillion in the evening. So we get there, and are lined up to sign in, I am holding Pippin in my arms ..as I am standing behind a huge Newfie, this little c-o-c-k-e-r pup wanted to play with him (the newfie) so she was getting in his face and he got snarky to say the least..the trainer immediately turned to me, her back had been towards us the whole time, so she did not see what had happened..and said.."see that is why I don't like basenjis..they are not nice and they don't like people either.."
I was shocked, utterly disappointed..speachless..well I hiked up my pants and told her.." well you got it all wrong, first of all I am holding my pup, second you have not even met, spent time with him or talked to him..how do you know how he will be?"..she clearly was surpirsed that I spoke up.. gave me a crooked halfa– smile as I turned and walked to line up...
Pippin did good, he didn't like her, who can blame him, but he eventually took treats out of her hand..at several times..so she warmed up to him as well.
He hated his showlead, well the chain part..at one point as we are gaiting on the diagonal he just lays down so effectively I am dragging him for a second or two...quite funny..and of course the trainer had to snarkily point out.."that is not acceptable behaviour in the ring.."..really, I though they could do that..duh!!
He didn't like the table, but in his defense, the table was very wobbly, she ended up pointing out that she thought he did great on his first time on one..:)..we are getting ours that I ordered here soon, so we will do plenty of table time to get him used to it..
There were several dogs there..Pippin was probably the youngest of the pups..it was two pulis pups as well as of course the dancing c-o-c-k-e-r spaniel..as well as several adult dogs..
I am quite pleased with his first go at it..in a strange outdoor place with cars driving by, leaves blowing in through the fence (at one point he got himself stuck halfway though the darn metal fence..I hade to wedge him back through..:)) and all these not so fun dogs..;) He sat a lot, but when he did I would tell him "stand", he would stand I would treat..so in time this will get better too..
Will I go back there….I dunno know..it is only 40 minutes awaty from where I live..the other classes are closer to an hour away..but she really, really left a bad taste in my mouth..
*Can anyone tell me..if I take a class under a person that is also a basenji judge, can I show in a show if that person is the judge? I was told that I couldn't by a lady there...but she didn't know for sure, this is just what she thought..
Here is a picture of him free stacking in our backyard yesterday..he is getting quite good at that ..finally..