MORNINGLOW DOGS DO HAVE PRETTY FACES, BUT WE ARE NOT JUST SHOW DOGS!

We love showing our dogs, and winning in the ring,  But even more, we just LOVE our dogs!!  They are our constant companions, and we like to do other things besides showing.  Several of our dogs have tried the sport of lure coursing, and one of them (Pippin) became the first Coton de Tulear in AKC history to win a CA (coursing ability dog) title.  We hope to have fun with the sport with some of the others as well.  In addition, I love to train the dogs in obedience, and we have several basic and intermediate graduates.  Hoping to create some new Canine Good Citizens soon, and perhaps check out rally obedience as well!  Here are a few pictures of some of our other activities and accomplishments.....
LURE COURSING

Long recognized as a sport for sighthounds, both AKC and UKC have offered titles in lure coursing.  Eventually it was discovered that many other breeds of dogs also LOVE to chase a lure, and both venues have developed programs to encourage and award those dogs in non-sighthound breeds that can successfully run the course.  For a dog the size of a Coton, the course consists of a 400-yard fenced run, with a plastic bag (the modern-day lure) attached to a wire that is usually run off of a car battery around the edges of the course in various twists and turns.  To successfully complete a run, a Coton would need to finish the course within 90 seconds of the start, all while following the trajectory of the lure and maintaining proper focus on it, as determined by an AKC or UKC-approved  judge who is up on a ladder, watching the fun.  Each completed run earns the dog a ribbon, and a "leg" towards a title.  The first title (CA) is granted after the dog completes three qualifying runs.  Titles continue to accrue at the 10-run level and upwards beyond.  Dogs who love this sport REALLY love it, and it is so much fun to just hang around a lure coursing trial and listen to the dogs waiting their turn to fly!  It's almost as if they cheer for the ones going before them!!  The barking and bellowing and howling while they wait their chance to shine is just fantastic.  You can tell that the owners who take their dogs to these events are truly doing it for the dogs' enjoyment.  It's probably my own personal favorite thing to do with a dog, and I'm hoping  that some of my other dogs besides Pippin will also want to play!

ABOVE LEFT, our Pippin (UKC CH Fluffy Acres' Morning Glow CA), on the day (2015) he won the first CA title awarded to a Coton de Tulear by the AKC.
ABOVE RIGHT, a photo of his CA (Coursing Ability Dog) Title Certificate.  Our daughter's and son-in-law's dog  ( a golden retriever) has also been awarded a CA title, and we got to watch!
OBEDIENCE TRAINING

I firmly believe that every dog, whether he or she is destined for the show or performance ring, or is just destined to be your lap dog, should receive several rounds of obedience training!  Every dog, regardless of breed, is a better dog if they learn to understand what you expect of them as a part of your household.  And both you and the dog benefit from the bonding that takes place in a classroom setting.  It's really a thrill to learn to work with your dog as a team, whether it is in the ring or just picking up the newspaper from the end of the driveway!  I practice what I preach, so I take all the dogs to school.  I don't have photos of everybody, as I never thought to take photos in some of the other classes I have attended, but the instructor at the Petsmart facility where I now do my basic classes LOVES to shoot everyone and put the photos on the store's Facebook page, so now I have some basic obedience brags :-)

ABOVE, Hamilton (Moringlow's New York Man, CH pointed) graduates his beginning obedience class  in September, 2016,
LEFT, and ABOVE RIGHT, Murphy (CH Morninglow's Irish Lullaby) graduates intermediate obedience class, in December 2016.
BELOW, Murphy holds an extended "down stay" for the class instructor in November, 2016.
BELOW, LEFT and RIGHT, Nina (GCH CH Whispering Lane's Just Right for Morninglow) participates in her beginner puppy graduation, in February, 2016. Although the graduation photo makes it looks like it was a class for white fluffies only, Nina was the only Coton de Tulear in the group!
AKC CANINE GOOD CITIZEN NO. 1

Our Besito is now a Canine Good Citizen; I took him in for a test without any training, and he passed on the first try with flying colors!  Very proud of him, you can read more about the test and what is needed to pass it on our "News" Tab!  I hope to be able to report that I have a few more "Good Citizens" by the end of this year.  You can see his title certificate and new ribbon below :-)