After the stormy weather of last week, Saturday, May 11th dawned sunny and warm - perfect weather for the “dynamic duo” of Judy Cordes and Vicki Ritter to put on a demonstration of successful dog training. Reigning Cats & Dogs’ spring obedience class began with six handler/dog pairs, and four pairs graduated (two trainers were not present but still graduated).
Vicki Ritter’s rescue lab mix puppy, Buddy, swept the class, scoring 96 out of a possible 100. Vicki said her biggest challenge during graduation was her stage fright, but luckily Buddy picked up the slack and put on an A++ performance.
Judy Cordes also was training a rescue dog, Nika, a four-year-old doberman pinscher. Although Judy missed the lesson before graduation you would never know she was “winging it” by her stellar demonstration. Nika and Judy scored a very respectable 93 out of 100, and Nika’s focus was outstanding.
Jana Ritter and her lab mix, Amber, and Holly Eckert and her heeler/Jack Russell mix, Buster, were diligent students who showed up, trained hard, and practiced diligently. We were sorry they were unable to attend graduation but are sure their scores would have been competitive, as they did an outstanding job with their dogs as well.
Graduation would not have gone well had it not been for the huge contribution of Johnathon Levrie. This was his first class as an assistant instructor, and his promptness, diplomacy, cooperation and general good humor were much appreciated by the instructor, especially at 8:30 on a Saturday morning. During graduation Johnathon acted as scribe AND ring steward, which usually takes two peoople, so a big thank you to you, Johnathon!!
Reigning Cats & Dogs’ next obedience class begins Saturday, June 8th. Registration begins immediately and space is limited. Classes are 8 one-hour sessions, and are $99 plus equipment. Dogs must be at least 4-1/2 months old to register. For more information, to register, or for a behavioral consultation please call Lenore at Reigning Cats & Dogs, 325-347-1700.