Recap

The past few weeks have had me rather busy. I am trying to prepare to graduate this year and my finals begin next week.
Much has happened in our Basenji’s life and I wanted to take a few minutes to share what has been going on.
This past weekend I took Chance to NOTRA up in Livermore to practice. I want to get his JC but previous attempts at this were unsuccessful. He would either dart off the track and go after a bird or just chase the other dogs and not the lure. This time he actually was interested in the lure and could care less about the other dogs. He ran the entire track and was focused on the lure. He did it twice and while muzzled too! It was great to see. At the end of the month I hope to have him JC’d so he can officially race.

Kiya started her confirmation classes and she is doing so good. She seems to really enjoy prancing around. I entered her in the puppy sweeps towards the end of the month. We have been practicing self stacking. We will have to see how she does. I let her run a practice run around the track while in Livermore the other weekend and at first she was afraid of the lure but she saw her brother chasing it and decided she could do it too. She ran the entire track and from the looks of it…I may have another B who likes it too! I think its going to be a busy year for our B’s 🙂

@Vanessa:

The past few weeks have had me rather busy. I am trying to prepare to graduate this year and my finals begin next week.
Much has happened in our Basenji’s life and I wanted to take a few minutes to share what has been going on.
This past weekend I took Chance to NOTRA up in Livermore to practice. I want to get his JC but previous attempts at this were unsuccessful. He would either dart off the track and go after a bird or just chase the other dogs and not the lure. This time he actually was interested in the lure and could care less about the other dogs. He ran the entire track and was focused on the lure. He did it twice and while muzzled too! It was great to see. At the end of the month I hope to have him JC’d so he can officially race.

Kiya started her confirmation classes and she is doing so good. She seems to really enjoy prancing around. I entered her in the puppy sweeps towards the end of the month. We have been practicing self stacking. We will have to see how she does. I let her run a practice run around the track while in Livermore the other weekend and at first she was afraid of the lure but she saw her brother chasing it and decided she could do it too. She ran the entire track and from the looks of it…I may have another B who likes it too! I think its going to be a busy year for our B’s 🙂

Don't forget to send your entries for JC tests for Chance and Puppy Match for Kiya…. you can find the premiums on the BCONC page under events. www.norcalbasenjis.org

Also, I would suggest that once he gets his JC you do not jump into running in competition until he has more time to practice with other hounds…and make sure he is focused on the lure and not on the other dogs running...

I know that you will get lots of different opinions on this, but IMO, I think it is really important that any hound running is for sure totally focused and understands what is going on in the field.

And I think it is great that he was running with a muzzle...

I completely agree. Its best to make sure he is fully focused on the lure. The muzzle was what worried me though…it was his first time wearing it and he did not seem to mind it. The lure was far more important 🙂
Thanks for the info...I'll get them registered soon.

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