‘I need to stay calm because if I’m nervous he can sense that’
GREENFIELD – Training her dog is nothing new for Sophie Mosley, but now it’s time to see if her hard work has paid off.
Sophie Mosley, 14, and her furry companion Sam have been practicing for the Cobequid Dog Club show this weekend in Bible Hill. Mosley will compete in the junior handling showmanship classes. Submitted photo
The 14-year-old Greenfield teenager is competing in this weekend’s Cobequid Dog Club show. She has been training with her five-year-old male border collie, Sam, and expects to compete in two junior handling showmanship classes.
“I’m sort of nervous that he may not listen (but) I’ve worked with him since I got him,” as a six-week-old pup when Sophie’s dad surprised her with the furry friend.
“Getting him to pay attention to me will be most difficult because he’s really excited all the time.”
The dog show takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Agridome in Bible Hill from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features 30 entries in obedience, 26 in rally obedience and 256 in conformation. There will also be a Maritime specialty show with 56 herding dogs at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Sophie’s not sure what her chances of moving on to provincials are, however, she has experience to draw from.
“I’ve competed in 4-H with Sam and last year, I was in this (Cobequid) show with a different dog,” Sophie said, adding she claimed two third-place prizes in last year’s event.
This weekend, she’s hoping her canine companion will do well while running and turning throughout the course and completing patterns such as Ls and Ts. But Sophie knows she has a vital part to play as well.
“I need to stay calm because if I’m nervous he can sense that and go crazy. I’ll get him to focus with treats and voice commands … and I know if I have a good bond with him it will probably go easier and smoother.”
Judges for the dog show are Terry Carter from Alberta, Nancy Tibben from Ontario, Mario Duarte from Brazil and obedience judge Susan des Cotes from Ontario.
The public is welcome to watch the competitions. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children who are accompanied by an adult. Only dogs entered in the show are allowed in the building.
Who: Sophie Mosley
Resident of: Greenfield
Attends: Bible Hill Junior High, Grade 8
Animals: Two dogs, rabbit, cat
Hobbies: 4-H, horseback riding, track and soccer
Favourite school subject: Gym
Career aspirations: Vet