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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
And thanks again to Mango and his momma for sanctioning our event through Mango Minster 2010!