Ekeko loves agility, as you can see by the smile on his face as he runs the course. He is working towards his Novice titles with CKC, AAC and UKC, as well as competing in a local series of team events called the K9 Cup.
Ekeko earned his UR01 Rally Obedience title in August 2013 at the Paris, Ontario show. He also completed his CKC Novice Rally Obedience title in April 2015 at his home club in Kars, Ontario. Ekeko has his moments of comedic excellence in the Rally ring, and has been known to 'play dead' when asked for a down much to the delight of spectators. Despite his twisted sense of humour, we are still enjoying competing, and hope to pursue his UR02.
Ekeko passed his Herding Instinct Test in May 2010. He had never seen sheep before, and it was amazing to see the natural ability and passion that he has for the job he was bred to do. He was truly in his element, and the happiest that I have ever seen him!
After herding, lure coursing is Ekeko's favourite activity. His focus and drive for the lure is incredible, and the joy he has in running is wonderful to see. This past summer at Premier, Ekeko earned his Excellent title in lure coursing, and is now UR01 CAX GRCH Ekeko de la Vallee d'Ottawa.
While at the UKC Premier this summer, we had a chance to try a Nosework demonstration. It is a wonderful activity that combines using their nose and solving a puzzle. Ekeko loved the treasure hunt for food, and it was very exciting to see how quickly he caught on to the game.
Another fun nose game we tried this past summer was Barnhunt, where the dogs have to find a (well protected and completely safe) rat which has been hidden in a course of hay bales. Both Ekeko and Gizmo were successful and enthusiastic, but my hands were full, so sadly, no pictures!
CKC Canine Good Neighbour!
Temperament is very important to us, and so we are particularly proud of Ekeko earning his Canine Good Neighbour certificate this summer at the CKC show in Kars, Ontario. The CGN test is a series of obedience and temperament tests which includes meeting strangers, other dogs, staying alone while the owner is out of sight, recall from a distance, walking through crowds, reaction to distractions, with a total of 12 different tests.