This past weekend I competed with Moet in a CPE (Canine Performance Events) trial in Portland, ME. We entered 8 classes and earned 8 qualifying scores, 7 of which were 1st and 2nd places! What that translates into was that my dog was able to shift from handler or obstacle focus as I asked her to, and she read my cues ( that I gave accurately) with ease. We had speed, no faults, a couple close calls that required more information from me for her to complete her weaves. I played with her in an exuberant, goofy way following each run so she learns that a job well done yields fun time with me. She ran joyfully and with confidence, and we both had a great time being in the company of the other.
This is an incredible and poignant article that dramatically illustrates the power of the human/animal bond, in this case, between a boy with autism whose parents were desperate for viable treatment options and his beloved golden retriever therapy dog.