Carole Beadle on Competitive Obedience

Written by Carol Beadle (One 2 One Dog Training Jersey)
8 April 2018

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I became involved in competitive obedience early 1980 with my golden retriever Rob. I started by going on a 12 week domestic course at one of our local clubs. I enjoyed it so much I went on to become competitive and gradually worked my way through the classes until I reached class C which is the top class.

Rob and I then qualified for the ticket class which enables you to enter Championship C class in the UK. If you happen to win that class you then qualify to enter the obedience finals at Crufts in the UK.

I was also the first person in the Channel Islands to obtain an Obedience Warrant with Rob. An obedience warrant is awarded for a dog that has obtained 14 points by winning first prize in Novice, class A, Class B and /or Class C(open) whilst ineligible to compete in Championship Class C. Once achieved you may enter your dog at shows with the graded title OW.

Rob and I was also part of a display team who used to attend garden fetes. Rob’s speciality was to retrieve a raw egg and also a dustbin lid. He always managed to find me eventually as whilst carrying the lid he couldn’t see where he was going.

My next training dog was a gorgeous German Shepherd called Ace. He was a huge dog and a complete softy. We progressed through the classes but then as time went on he became very noise sensitive which did hinder us and prevented us from reaching Class C. Unfortunately he went over rainbow bridge at the relatively young age of eight. 😢

Sunny then came along. A very lovable Golden Retriever and a dog who bought sunshine into your life everyday even if it was pouring with rain. We worked obedience but Sunny enjoyed it to a certain extent but would sooner be on the beach with a ball. We reached Class C but I could see he wasn’t really enjoying it so retired him.

After retiring Sunny I was then thinking about my next competitive dog and by this time the border collie had become very popular. After Sunny being as he was I thought...do I take a chance on another Goldie or do I get a collie and that is how my first Border Collie came along called Taz. A lot of people in the obedience world think they will get a collie because they are so much easier to train than other breeds.....oh boy are they wrong. No dog is easy....they all have their little ways and Taz was no exception. Again we went through the classes pretty quick but Taz was the sort of dog who would do the exercises....but his way.

Sunny
Sunny

As soon as I had left the ring I would hear the steward calling time on a dog and guess who. Taz would be wandering around saying hello to the judge, stewards and also other dogs. So as I say we retired gracefully.

As an example we have an exercise called the sendaway where you send the dog quite a distance to some markers. The dog should go out pretty fast and the handler downs the dog by the markers. Not Taz . Having been taught correctly this exercise and the fact he always did it properly in training, when he got in the ring he would go out half way turn, look at me and then go round and round in circles and then end up in some other part of the ring. He did get to class C and had a 4th and 6th in this class in the UK.

I finally retired him at 6 years old when he decided he wanted to do stays his way too. In class C you have to leave the dogs in a down out of sight for 10 minutes. As soon as I had left the ring I would here the steward calling time on a dog and guess who. Taz would be wandering around saying hello to the judge, stewards and also other dogs. So as I say we retired gracefully.

Carol and Gus
Carol and Gus

Then came my wonderful boy called Gus. A stunning tri coloured collie who stole my heart the minute I set eyes on him. He was a large collie the size of a German Shepherd. Again we worked through the classes and finally made C only.

We qualified for Channel Islands Dog of the Year in 2012 and 2013 and won the title in 2013 becoming class C dog of the year.

One of the biggest highlights of Gus’s career was when we were chosen to represent the Channel Islands in the team that went to the obedience World Cup at Crufts in 2007.

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One of the biggest highlights of Gus’s career was when we were chosen to represent the Channel Islands in the team that went to the obedience World Cup at Crufts in 2007.

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Teams from all over the world entered and the Channel Islands team came runner up to champions Holland.

We were also picked for the 2008 and 2009 teams too. 2009 was Gus’s best individual performance placing us very high up and beating other brilliant dogs.

It was a very sad day when I had to say goodbye to him as it was his time to go over rainbow bridge and save him from anymore suffering. I miss this dog everyday.😢

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And on a happier note...

I now have my latest boy called Tye. He is the love of my life. Such a lovely boy who gives wonderful cuddles.

We are now working classes A and B. Tye’s highlight so far is winning the Novice class at Winchester Championship Show beating 55 other dogs.

It isn’t easy going to the UK and entering and getting placed in the class let alone winning the class. I believe I am the only person in the Channel Islands to have won a class in the UK for quite some time.

I have also had 2nd place twice in the UK in class A only being half a point between coming first so hoping he will win in the not to distant future.

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JDF Admin Note:

Thank you so much Carol for writing this for us.  We loved the stories and those about Taz in particular made us chuckle.  You have undoubtedly been extremely successful over the years and we are sure that the bond you must have had with your dogs to be able to achieve this is admirable.  We think it's quite wonderful that you recognise that your thing isn't always on your dogs agenda and that you retired Taz gracefully.  We would have loved to have seen a photo of Taz, although we suspect that posting for a photo wasn't his thing either! Thanks again Carol and wishing you the very best of luck and success with whatever you choose to do next.  - Admin

 

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4 thoughts on “Carole Beadle on Competitive Obedience”

  1. Thank you for your lovely words Michelle. Rob thought he was a collie and worked like one. So fast. He really enjoyed his work. He lived till he was nearly 15 years old. Think of him most days xx

  2. Hi Barbara… yes the good old days. I remember when the after show dinners were attended by 100 + people. Lovely memories xx

  3. Lovely article Carole and nice to know that like all humans, dogs can have very different personalities.
    Rob was my inspiration to have Goldie’s and loved both of mine dearly although both soooo different !!
    Sacha, stubborn, independent but loyal to the end and then Fizz who was the most amazing girl , so much so will not be able to have another as we won’t find better than she was ❣️

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