Nemo’s our only mixed breed dog. I’ve been looking into what activities Nemo and I can do together and I’m running into a brick wall. The American Kennel Club (AKC) has lots of cool stuff to do – Conformation, Obedience, and Tracking — but only if your dog is purebred.
I really want to get him started in tracking. Tracking is a sport where the dog must use his nose to search for an article (usually a glove), locate that article, and report back to the handler that he’s found it. The tracks vary in length and complexity. Doggie DNA test notwithstanding (we’re ignoring that because we don’t believe he’s a Golden Retriever, Dalmatian, Newfoundland, and Boxer mix), Nemo’s got one heck of a nose. And he likes using it. So what could be better than tracking?! We could be outside, work together, and let Nemie’s strongest sense go to work.
Trouble is, I’m having a hard time finding an organization that will let Nemo compete. I’ll keep searching because I think this could be something really fun that Nemo and I could do together. And I don’t really need to compete, but I do need the incentive that a competition would give me.
If anyone reading this knows about any organizations out there that will let mixed breeds compete against one another in AKC-like shows and competitions, please leave me a comment! Nemo thanks you in advance – WOOF!
What a cute picture of Nemo. I love his crooked smile! I hope you find a place to show off his talents. I’ve read that those dog DNA tests are fairly problematic… too bad, as I was hoping we might find out what our dog, Jerry, ISN’T! 🙂