It is not the critic who counts;
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly;
who errs and comes short again and again;
who knows great enthusiasms,
the great devotions;
who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly
so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. -Theodore Roosevelt
2015 is bringing lots of opportunities to the world of working dogs. Particularly to MWDs and K-9s from all divisions (bomb dogs, man-trailing, HRDs, tracking, and more). However, we are also upon trial season for French Ring, PSA, Dock Dogs, and a slew of other dog sports. Despite the purpose and the locations, the people and dogs that work together to learn and compete or certify train hard. This is their life. Day in. Day out. I’ve recently viewed posts on social media feeds where mondio competitors (some of the most diehard handler/canine teams out there IMHO) practice their positions (sit, down, stand in one spot without creeping) on any available surface at Lowe’s, Home Depot, on a dumpster while they wait in a parking lot, you name it. The world becomes a training ground. The more variety the better. The more exposure the better.
Facebook has become a leading resource for finding out about these training seminars due to the up-to-date posts in specialized groups that focus on speciality training for dogs. Recently I’ve found a few good contenders I wanted to share with you here via links ::
K-9/MWDs (click on image for jump to details and to register)
SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE WORKING DOG CLUB SNHWDC
Trial location: Club Field as the National Guard Armory, Armory Rd Milford NH
Date: April 24th-26th, 2015 USCA Judge Robert Johantgen
Various IPO titles being offered. Click here for entry form and to see titles offered.
Cabela’s Presents Dock Dogs
For All Official DockDogs events go here http://dockdogs.com/events/events-list/