Hagerstown dog wins obedience competition

July 15, 2011
  • Katie Ervin's Harley says his prayers to earn 12 "My Dog Can Do That" game points.
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FAIRPLAY —  Seven dogs and their humans competed for championship points in July's "My Dog Can Do That" event on Friday, July 8, at Peaceable Paws.

The top winner for the evening was Katie Ervin of Hagerstown with her 5-year-old hound mix, Harley. Harley's talents included saying his prayers, crawling a distance of five feet and speaking in response to a hand signal. Ervin and Harley earned 16 points toward the 100 needed for their championship,

To play "My Dog Can Do That," owners take turns selecting a beginner, intermediate or advanced card naming a behavior such as sitting or speaking. After drawing a card, an owner has 30 seconds to get his or her dog to perform the behavior.

Owners may cue, coax, prompt and lure, but may not use physical manipulation or force to get the dog to perform the behavior. If the dog-and-owner team succeeds, they earn the number of points listed on the card. Advanced cards earn more points than intermediate or beginner cards.

July 8 winners were:

First: Katie Ervin and Harley, earning 98 game points

Second: Bob Waugh of Hagerstown and his 3-year-old Catahoula mix, Gracie, 80 points

Third: James Latonick of Martinsburg, W.Va., and his 5-year-old German Shepherd mix, Gretel, 71 points

The next My Dog Can Do That competition will be Friday, Sept. 9, at Peaceable Paws, 17816 Spielman Road in Fairplay.

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