A good time was had by all, hopefully, at the Doggie Fun Day, in connection with the Northern Gila County Fair last Saturday.
We were delighted with the turnout, not only of dogs and handlers, but also those who came to watch. Dogs and owner teams enjoyed trying the agility equipment, which included regular jumps and a tire jump, a tunnel, chute and modified A-frame.
The dogs required a bit of coaxing at first, to try out these obstacles, but once they figured it out, there was no stopping them.
Most everyone tried the Rally courses. Rally requires that dogs and handlers progress along numbered stations, performing the task as indicated on each sign. Everyone did very well. We also worked on basic obedience with loose leash walking on both right and left sides, sits, downs, stays and recalls.
The event concluded with demonstrations, allowing everyone to show off what they had learned and compete for ribbons, prizes and congratulations.
The next big dog event in Payson is Dog Day in the Park on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 to 3 p.m. at the Payson Off-Leash Dog Park across from the library.
There will be a variety of games and contests under the Big Top. The Payson Humane Society will have dogs to adopt and information. The Barkery Bakery will have tasty treats.
We plan to offer Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International testing. Microchipping will be available.
Watch for more details about this event. If you have dog-related products and would like to have a booth, contact Bill Witte at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge for booths or for the event.
Cynosports will once again be at Westworld in Scottsdale from Thursday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 4. Cynosports is an international celebration of dog sports.
Primarily, it is an agility competition with teams coming from all across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and several other countries. Every dog sport is represented and there are lots of them.
Many local dog owners will be participating in agility and flyball. Higgins, Lacy, Gibson and I will be busy at the Canine Musical Freestyle event.
We will have demonstrations, seminars and some famous guests helping introduce musical freestyle and canine dressage to dog lovers. You and your dog will be able to give it a try.
There is a fee to enter the grounds, but the event is worth the price. Allow plenty of time to wander around Westworld and observe the dogs taking part in activities they were bred to perform, and some they were not.
There are also many terrific vendors with items you never even knew existed, along with both fancy and practical collars, dog beds, toys galore and food and treats.
This is an incredible event, the only one of its kind in the U.S. We are fortunate to have it nearby. I guarantee you will be amazed at what you see. Bring your dog, on a 4- to 6-foot leash, and try out some of these activities including musical freestyle, herding, go to ground, dock jumping, agility and more.
It is great to see people out working with and enjoying their dogs. The more time we spend with our dogs, the better behaved they are and the more we want to have them around.
There is a loosely structured, free class available at 10 a.m. Monday morning at Ramada #1 in Rumsey Park.Dale is there to offer help, as needed, but it is a great opportunity to get your dog accustomed to being with and behaving around other dogs in a new environment. Come by and watch if you want, or join in. Agility and obedience classes are available locally.
Take a daily walk with your dog. It is good for both of you. Throw a tennis ball a few times.
Teach your dog a new trick. Be sure to make all training a pleasant experience for both of you.
Treats and praise bring the best results.
Christy Powers is a columnist for the Payson Roundup. She can be reached by e-mail at cpwrather@ earthlink.net or by snail mail at HC1 Box 210, Strawberry, AZ 85544.