Christine Vosburgh has shared this great story and brag of her family’s Blue Weimaraner, Cindy Lou.
Cindy Lou was rescued from a pet shop when she was a puppy by Christine’s dad. Her family has had Weimaraners forever and her dad just knew he couldn’t leave that Weimaraner pup there. Weimaraners are such high energy dogs that many people who purchase one because of their beauty often discover they can’t make the commitment of time required and then the dog ends up in rescue. Cindy Lou has proved to be a loving and caring companion to Christine’s dad.
Christine has two gray Weimaraners and is an Agility enthusiast. She is either training or teaching agility pretty much every day of the week. When she heard the 2009 Weimaraner Agility Nationals were to be held in Washington, she knew her two grays would compete in it. Christine’s family spends winters together, so she started playing around with training Cindy Lou as well. Cindy Lou showed such an aptitude and enthusiasm for training that she decided to enter her in the Nationals as well. Cindy Lou was so enthused with training, she wanted to train every day and was upset if another dog was worked instead. She was ready to compete in just a month and a half!
After only 2 months of training, Cindy Lou went to the Nationals. She was the only Blue there and did us proud taking a 1st and Q (qualification) in Nov JWW (Novice Jumpers with Weaves). Christine was pleased by the warm reception Cindy Lou received, with many complimenting her beauty and talent. She has had qualifying runs in all three trials she’s run to date. Trialing for Cindy Lou will start up again this December. Run fast, run clean, Cindy Lou!
Note about training for Agility. Cindy Lou was able to train in such a short time not only because of talent, but she was in the hands of an experienced trainer. Take your time enjoying training with your dog. Go one small step at a time. Trials are high-pressure for handler and dog. You may want to try some fun matches first which have less pressure. It’s also important to be aware that young dogs should not be doing heavy jumping or weaving. It’s usually best to wait until a young dog is 18 months old before doing hard training. There are still a lot of things a young dog can learn though. I started Ellie in puppy agility at around 7 months.
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