For those of you that are interested, the AKC has determined, and agreed to in writing, that my totally blind client is permitted to have her dawg wear a bell on the collar during her Junior stakes attempts.
She will also be permitted to have myself or someone else behind her to keep her informed on the goings on with the dawg, as long as she does all the handling of the dawg.
During her quest for the Senior and Master stakes, she will also be permitted to have me assist in blowing the whistles for blind retrieves and instructing her on the proper cast to give to the dawg.
My client and I have this information in writing and the AKC asks that we inform the Judges and FTC prior to the stakes' start so they are aware of the situation at hand.
I wish to thank Bill Speck for helping to secure this decision from the AKC and the effort both he and the AKC put into this matter.
I know they made my client very elated with their decisions.........
A special thanks also to Keith for leading us down the right path on this matter........ :wink:
As far as an update on where Sharron and Kody are in their training is as follows;
Kody just turned 1 year old. He is still on going on his OB, has been CC and just completed FF. He is is working on FTP and doing basic blind retrieves to ~25 yards. Basic 3 handed casting was started last week.
Shortly he will start the T and on to TT. Swimby and water force will follow this summer.
His marking on singles and doubles continues and he is contantly being challenged with different setups. He is successfully retrieving out to 100-150 yards.
He has had live flyers and has also sat at honor for other dawgs.
Sharron and Kody will be running Junior this summer and if all goes well should attain hers and Kody's JH before summers end.
The training has been quite satisfying to me and has constantly kept me adapting my training approach to different setups.
It has been a very rewarding experience and will only be magnified when they begin running this summer and both complete their Junior Title.................... 8)
Thanks to all involved................... :wink: