My Dog Sports Open Experience, 2007

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Postby DemoDick » August 27th, 2007, 9:57 pm

The Dog Sports Open is a personal protection trial held at Cher-Car Kennels in St. Johns Michigan. Cheryl Carlson hosts the event which is based on pratical obedience and personal protection exercises. It is an excellent venue and I highly recommend that anyone who can attend do so. Cheryl is an amazing trainer with 30 years experience breeding and training. Chris Fraize once told me that "Cheryl has forgotten more about dog training than you and I will ever know." He was right.

There is a different "theme" every year, which all of the obedience routine is centered around. It is NOT for sterile, precision obedience. The scenarios are dynamic and challenging for any level of dog and handler team. This year's theme was "Jailbreak". Everyone was required to suit up in prison stripes before entering the field.

There are three levels of competition. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. What follows are photos and descriptions of my experience in Beginner.

You begin your obedience routine (to theme music of your own choosing) in a jail cell with your dog. Suddenly, the PA begins loudly blaring sirens, klaxons, dogs barking, helicopters, police on megaphones, and gunfire. An "inmate" in a bitesuit throws your cell door open and runs away from you and your dog. He then hides in an on-field outhouse blind. Your jailbreak has begun.

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You exit the cell and your first task is to tunnel (in real dirt, no less) underneath a chain link fence...and bring your dog with you.

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Cheryl is a big believer in the ability to multi-task under stress, so there is always a "handler awareness" component to the DSO. This year there were three black boxes in random locations. The handler had to pick one of them up and bring it to the end of the course for full points.

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Next is the A-frame. Cheryl voiced a complaint that we always ask our dogs to do things for us, but we rarely get in the mix with them and help them out. Hence the mother of all A-frames. It was designed for a dog AND handler with a stay platform on each side.

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After the A-frame is the gauntlet. You must bring your dog through a hallway of barrels. There is a reason I have that goofy look on my face, and it isn't pharmaceutical.

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Across the field in a guard tower sits Paul Heberle, competitive marksman, with a paintball gun and a red-dot sight. It is his job to shoot you as you cross the hallway opening. No, I'm not kidding.

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Make a break for it. And don't drop the box.

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After that is was a short belly crawl under some razor wire.

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And then back into your cell where you can keep your box and the prize it contains or trade it for the one Cheryl has.

Protection to follow...

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Postby katiek0417 » August 27th, 2007, 10:04 pm

That looks like a TON of fun....very cool...it very much sounds like the type of scenarios where you and your dog have to work together as a team to get through it...

I like those scenarios...they are designed to test the teamwork of the dog and the handler...and they make you think!!!
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Postby DemoDick » August 27th, 2007, 10:15 pm

Beginner protection starts in an on-field truck. The decoy, or "bad guy" approaches the vehicle and engages you in conversation. As he becomes suddenly aggressive your dog should engage him in kind.

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After the decoy flees you exit the vehicle and secure your dog in a position of control on a tie out. Next comes civil agitation outside of the car. The decoy approaches and becomes aggressive. You activate the dog and he must aggressively bark and try to get to the decoy.

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Now the second decoy flees. By now, the dog is LOADED in drive and really, really wants to bite. So it's only fitting that we put him in a sit or down and ask him to control himself while a friendly, suited decoy approaches. As he attacks you, the dog must engage with a bite.

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(Yes, I know, shallow grip. It sometimes happens during a dynamic situation)

Then an out and return to position of control. That's it for beginner!

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Postby katiek0417 » August 27th, 2007, 10:20 pm

I don't hold shallow grips against a dog in a trial situation...there's so much going on that getting the perfect target and grip is sometimes impossible
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » August 27th, 2007, 10:34 pm

That looks so cool! I'm bummed I missed it. :(

Connor looks really great!
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Postby ellie@ny » August 28th, 2007, 9:00 am

It looks sooo much fun!!! :)
The dogs seems to enjoy it!
Did you guys got placed?
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Postby Hoyden » August 28th, 2007, 11:04 am

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Okay - I just LOVE this picture. It cracks me up.

Connor looks like he saying, "Hurry up! I'm waiting!!!!!!"


That looks like so much fun. I'd like to try just the obstacle part for the hell of it, since it looks like you did lots of crawling, which I can do. Running? Wellllll, that's hard for me.
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Postby cheekymunkee » August 28th, 2007, 12:44 pm

You look great in stripes! And I am glad you shaved off the child molester mustache. :wink: Did you get shot? That crap hurts!
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Postby Jenn » August 28th, 2007, 3:13 pm

Those are awesome pictures Michelle, and it looks like a blast! lmao at the razor wire, cute substitute!
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Postby mnp13 » August 28th, 2007, 3:49 pm

On August 28 2007, 12:44, cheekymunkee wrote:You look great in stripes! And I am glad you shaved off the child molester mustache.

Actually, I think he was going for the porn star look.

Did you get shot? That poop hurts!

It turns out they were intentionally missing in beginner. they were aiming in Intermediate, and I got hit. In Advanced they went to full auto.
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Postby Marinepits » August 31st, 2007, 1:54 pm

NICE! Connor is looking fierce!
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Postby maberi » August 31st, 2007, 2:37 pm

Good stuff

Connor looks like he is right in his element

Looks like you guys had a wild weekend.

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Postby DemoDick » September 1st, 2007, 12:36 am

Good stuff

Connor looks like he is right in his element

Looks like you guys had a wild weekend.

FYI - Keep the stache, although the girls are giving you a hard time, they really love it


People used to say "You look like a porn star."

I'd reply, "Thanks, I have a mustache too."

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Postby cheekymunkee » September 1st, 2007, 12:46 am

:backRoll:

Demo, you're such a dork.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » September 1st, 2007, 9:51 am

:hysterical:
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Postby Marinepits » September 1st, 2007, 4:40 pm

:shake: Ladies, don't encourage him.
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