Claude Dionne : 2015 AAC NATIONALS

Claude Dionne


Thanks again to the Organizing Committee for inviting me once again this year…

               I am an agility addict for 20 years already ... In fact, it was in 1995 that I attended for the first time in a competition ... And I became a judge in 2001 ... Of course, I was there at the first National in Calgary in 2001. Since then, I have missed only two Nationals as a competitor or as a judge. 
A judge has to judge! Yes, but still? Well, a judge must design courses, try to vary the challenges of each course, have the courses approved, and build them precisely at the trial.

               But what about judging? It’s easy for the first 20 dogs… OK, say, fifty first dogs… but when it is the two hundred fiftieth?  Is the judge still judging or he falls out of lethargy or asleep? (OK, no bad jokes here, I have good ears!). The major challenge in judging a Regional or a National is to judge all dogs with care and thoroughness, from the first to the three hundredth! Not easy. Must have done it to know…

               Then, I will attempt not only to have fun watching all your wonderful dogs evolve before me, but also to justice them while remaining focused as possible. To do this, you will see me move constantly in order to stay awake, of course, but especially to see the contact zones, the angle of approach of your dog for the spreads, the double jump and the tire (easy to lack something if we are not there!) and also to appreciate the refusal bubble zone in front of each obstacle.

               That’s one part of the trial. The other one is about volunteers. Without them, nothing is possible. So, during all the week-end, smile to them and thank them many times.

               Ok, let’s play and have fun.

Don’t forget to hug your dog for me.
Best regards,