Local dogs compete at Bemidji UKC show
They participated in the 10th annual dog show of the Paul Bunyan Dog Training Association (PBDTA) in Bemidji. This was a United Kennel Club licensed all breed event. It was held at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds.
Tracy Parthun from Becida started working with dogs when her children were in 4-H, around 2000. She also trains therapy dogs with PBDTA.
Parthun described a UKC show as “much friendlier” than an American Kennel Club competition, “because there are no paid professional dog handlers showing dogs.” Owners and / or friends show their own dogs.
His Golden Retriever, Skye, is a performance dog breed. “So she’s bred to hunt, agile, and rally obedience, but she’s also a therapy dog,” Parthun said.
She also competed with her corgi, Caleb.
Becida’s Tracy Parthun competed with her corgi, named Caleb, in the obedience rally portion of the dog show. Shannon Geisen / Company Sept. 2021
Parthun explained that “Rally Obedience is a fun, timed performance event where dogs run a numbered course with various obedience exercises on each of the signs or stations. The start of the level 1 course is on a leash, then each advanced level adds more difficult signs and is performed off leash. Whoever has the fastest time with the fewest mistakes is the big winner in each level. To win a rally obedience title, you need to score 70 out of 100 points in three different events.
Skye earned her Level 2 title, while Caleb earned her Level 1 title at the event.
Skye and Caleb pose with their many ribbons and new titles. Contribution / Tracy Parthun Sept. 2021
Alison Critchfield has competed in the highest level of rally competition, as well as the Conformation Show.
Parthun explained, “Conformation is a competition with other dogs of the same breed to see which dog meets breed standards the most, with the participation of all family members – from the youngest junior handlers through. to older owners. “
She noted that Critchfield has the dogs ranked # 1 and # 2 of his breed in the United States.
Critchfield specializes in Anatolian Shepherds.
“He’s a cattle watchdog,” Critchfield said. “They were developed in Turkey. The best guess is that this is a breed over 2,000 years old.
She said the Anatolian is bred to deal with “large-scale predators, like coyotes, wolves, and pumas. You usually want them to work in packs because of that.”
Critchfield lives on a family farm in the Plantagenet Lake area, just south of the Hubbard and Beltrami County boundaries.
As a young girl, she met a Laporte couple who owned a pair of Anatolian shepherds and “fell in love with the breed”.
When Critchfield had her own cattle – and lost a goat to a severe coyote attack – she bought her first analotian puppy in 2013.
Critchfield said she enjoys “building relationships” while training for the rally obedience event, as well as “the challenge of working with a dog who is not known for his obedience. They are very independent dogs.
She enjoys the conformation show “because I actively breed and want the opinions of others about my breeding herd”.
Critchfield is the only registered breeder of Anatolian Shepherds in Minnesota.
The best dog of eight UKC nominated groups – guard dogs, hunting dogs, hunting dogs, sight dogs, Nordic breeds, herding dogs, terrier dogs and companion dogs – also compete for the best dog and the best reserve dog at the show.
Critchfield’s dog, Aslan, won the Reserve Best in Show award on Saturday. Ember won a Reserve Best in Show Sunday.
The Critchfield Shepherds did well at the Bemidji Dog Show. Aslan finished his championship and won a Best in Show reserve. Ember also won a Reserve Best in Show. Pending confirmation by UKC, Ember and Singer have both completed their Grand Champion titles !. Little earned him the Rally Obedience 1 title. Laddie and Drummer each won their puppy class under different judges, and Laddie won a Novice Puppy Best in Show.Contribution / Alison Critchfield Sept. 2021
Angie Walther of Park Rapids brought her “fun run” to the lure for dogs to try out the sport.
Angie Walther organized a decoy racing race at the Bemidji Show. The dogs clearly enjoyed chasing the decoy (a plastic bag) along a zigzag path. Shannon Geisen / Company Sept. 2021
Using a battery-powered ropes and pulley system, Walther controls a plastic bag attached to a decoy that passes in front of the dog on a specially designed course.
This engages the dog’s prey, she said. “Once they have that motivation, they become obsessed.”
Lure racing usually attracts dogs on sight, such as whippets, salukis, and greyhounds, but any dog can have fun – even Walther’s Dachshund runs after the lure.
The lure race has become a competitive event with titles, said Walther. “It’s sanctioned and it’s timed.