Dog club holds obedience trials in Merville

Rachel Thornton-Hughes maintains eye contact with her Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever at the Forbidden Plateau club’s obedience trials. Photo by Mike ChouinardRachel Thornton-Hughes maintains eye contact with her Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever at the Forbidden Plateau club’s obedience trials. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Dog owners test the path before competition. Photo by Mike ChouinardDog owners test the path before competition. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Longtime member JoAnne McLeod tackles the route with her papillon. Photo by Mike ChouinardLongtime member JoAnne McLeod tackles the route with her papillon. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Paula Webber gives the command. Photo by Mke ChouinardPaula Webber gives the command. Photo by Mke Chouinard
The club is celebrating 50 years. Photo by Mike ChouinardThe club is celebrating 50 years. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Penny Jackson guides her dog over the jump. Photo by Mike ChouinardPenny Jackson guides her dog over the jump. Photo by Mike Chouinard
A dog waits for the command. Photo by Mike ChouinardA dog waits for the command. Photo by Mike Chouinard

It’s been 50 years for dog lovers with the Forbidden Plateau Obedience and Tracking Club, and they held a weekend rally event.

The June 4-5 obedience trials in Merville provide a less formal way for dog owners to compete, with different rules, such as being able to talk to the dog while on the track.

“This is usually a good way for people to start,” says trial secretary Penny Jackson. “It’s one way for people to get into competition.”

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The club has many long-time members, including a couple of 50-year (founding) members, Wendy Wallace and JoAnne McLeod, who were on hand with their dogs. A third founding member, Darlene Gordon, came to the trial, but wasn’t competing.

The event started with the owners in each class getting to do a walk-through before they and their dogs got down to the competition. In between classes, organizers changed the route and adjusted the jumping wall’s height.

Almost 30 people and their animals were signed up to compete each day in different classes. The club is also planning a regular trials event for September.



mike.chouinard@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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