Thursday, February 4, 2010

Train Your Dog Results

We were so impressed with the quality of the entries we received for our Train Your Dog Photo Contest. All the photos showed great teamwork between you and your people. Barbara is always saying that training is something that you do with your dog, not to you dog. You guys proved that training is a fun way to spend time with your special person and build your relationship.

Ambrose and I had such a hard time making the placements. We loved all the tricks you and your people practice together. If we had a prize for the most creative use of treats, it would have had to go to Maggie and Mitch's dad for training with mini marshmallows! If we had a prize for the most dedicated team that braved the coldest weather to train it would have been a tie between Chef and Agatha and Archie. We decided that we would look for the photos that showed the best teamwork and relationship and the happiest dogs.

Those of you who voted in the Readers' Choice poll selected CODY

We love his trick and the way his person is supporting him to practice it. Congratulations Cody!

In 4th Place we chose FENWAY

He jumps with great enthusiasm and we like how his Ms. Alpha is using his frisbee as a reward in training. Notice how Fenway is focusing on her body language, the sign of great teamwork

In 3rd Place is SAMANTHA

We were blown away by the attention between Samantha and her person. It practically jumps off the page. She is working on her Novice obedience title and finds great joy in training and building the bond with her mom.

In 2nd Place we selected HONEY

Honey and her person do lots of training together. We know that freestyle requires excellent communication between dog and person and it really shines through in this photo as they work together to perfect their skills. Honey likes the training because it makes her think, keeps her from being bored and builds her partnership with her person.

And the winner is CINNAMON!

Cinnamon looks so happy as she practices with her person and even though you can't see her person's face, you can tell by her body posture that she is supporting Cinnamon in their training. Cinnamon loves to learn new tricks for her dance routines.

Thank you all for participating in our contest. We are so glad to have met many new dog blogging friends and we will follow your training and adventures with great interest. If the winners email Barbara with their mailing addresses, she will send your prizes to you for us. You can email her at

And thanks again to Mango and his momma for sanctioning our event through Mango Minster 2010!


Sierra Rose said...

Yeaoooooo! Congrats to all the fabulous trainers and pupsters!! Yeeeeee!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Fenway said...

I just got back from my novice obedience class and got this spectacular news! This win makes me SO happy and want to train even harder. This morning I did Rally class and that is SO much fun. I am instantly good at it because of all my obedience training. I can't wait to compete for my Novice title.

Thank you for noticing my teamwork with Ms. Alpha...I've learned to read her body language so that we can both go in the right direction.

I hope all dogs get to train with their people. Training builds such a strong bond with our people.

Your happy pal,

Dory and the Mama said...

What awesome winners!! Congrats!!!


Samantha said...

What incredible news in my post! Wowzers - we can't thank you enough for your amazing vote of confidence - Mom almost broke down! Congrats to not only the winners, but to everybuddy who submitted those incredible pix of what you do with your hoomans!
Big Hugs and Gratitude xoxoxoxo

Royal said...

Thanks for doing the contest! It was great fun to participate and congrats to everyone!

Mango said...

What a wonderful contest. Congrats to the winners. I will post about it with tomorrow night's results. So many smiling faces!


Lorenza said...

Congratulations to the winners!
They are pawesome!
Kisses and hugs

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Congrats to all of the Train Your Dog winners! We liked the way Niamh's mommy explained why each winner was chosen. Very nice!!
Smooches from pooches,
BabyRocketDog & Hootie

Cinnamon said...

WHOOOOW! Am I the winner? Can't believe it! I am SO happy. I just can't say thank you enough for choosing me as the winner of such a wonderful contest! All entries were awesome!! It was great to meet so many new friends who also like training with their humans.

I enjoy practising tricks so much that I always ask for more when my Mum finishes a daily training session. But, she says that she doesn't want to make me feel fed up, although I suspect that she keeps our training sessions short only because she herself, not me, gets bored very easily :-)

Also, I want to take this opportunity to send my thanks to Honey and her humans, who inspired us to take up dog dancing!

Once again, Niamh and Ambrose, thank you so much!!


Maggie and Mitch said...

Congratulations to all of the winners! You all had brilliant entries!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Agatha and Archie said...

CONGRATULATIONS CODY!! Archie is at the piano as we type practicing that trick. The only thing is he a little smaller than Cody and realy can only see the pedals..Love A+A

Byron said...

Yeah. Great contest, thanks so much we had a blast participating.

Tucker said...

Congrats to the winners! I hope we can have a competition like this next year, and maybe it can be a video?

Gotta go work on some new tricks. Thanks for hosting the competition.

woof - Tucker

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan said...

Great judging and great results. Well done Niamh and Ambrose!

Twinkietinydog said...

Whoa! The photos were amazing. Congratulations to all the winners. Loved participating. Thank you for organizing this and doing all the hard work, including the difficult task of judging.

achieve1dream said...

Congrats to the winners!!

BRUTUS said...

Great picks! So many different things we do, but the same sort of thing gets us there - making it fun and rewarding for the canine part of our team!

Michelle & Brutus

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh ya what good doggies.. Congrads to all the winners..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Chef said...

Congratulations to all the winners! Training is so important and can be so much fun. This was a fabulous contest and everyone was great!


Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Congrats to all of the winners. We are sorry we didn't take part, it was our humans fault of course! She says she will have a go next time as it looks a really fun and cool competition.

We hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Momo and Pinot said...

Congrats on all participants and moreover the winners.

Momo & Pinot

Chrissy said...

Bravo to everyone but special kudos to my pal, Cinnamon! I know your mum is very proud of you. :-)
Kisses from Bernie~

Deefor said...

Good winners. Great pictures. I'm working hard on training my mom too.

Piappies World said...

Such a great contest! Congratulations to all the winners! Weeeee

Hope we can also be friends and follow each others' adventures.

-Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Scrappy & Bullet

Ludo van Doggy said...

Yay! Congrats to efurryone!
What a great contest, thanksyou for running it for us!
~lickies, Ludo

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