|I started working with Yoshka basically from the moment he moved
into our house. We attended puppy class with 12 weeks were we learned
"watch me", sit, down, stand and most importantly "Stay".
In the intermediate class with 5 month, we worked on heeling, handsignals
from the distance, random downs - even on recall. Since then we have
been attending the Novice class and Open Class to it after earning
Yoshka has always been a good student and I love to work with him.
But, he is no Golden Retriever or Border Collie and he is intact!
Our biggest challenge has been distractions - especially other Leonbergers.
Life is never dull in obedience - see stories on the Leonberger
On the first page linked below, there are pictures
from a private fun match (4 Leonbergers attending), Yoshka and me
going through the Novice routine. He has passed four Novice trials,
earning the LCA CD and his Australian Shepard Club of America CD.
The second page includes pictures from a practice
session working on our Open routine - In the mean time he finished
his CDX (companion dog excellent - i.e. passed three Open trials
in five tries) earning the LCA CDX and is one leg short of his ASCA
CDX. By having his Champion title and a second level obedience title,
he received his LCA VLA (Versatile
The third page is a whole set of pictures from
one of the ASCA trials in June 2003 when Yoshka got his second and
third leg toward his CDX. A very friendly "competitor"
took the pictures (and I do not even know his name to give him credit).
You might need to give it some time to download these but I think
you will enjoy them: