It's silly. But it's something I always have a bit of trouble with. And a quick google search reveals I'm not the only one.
When you compete in multiple venues, and earn countless titles, where are those titles supposed to go? I mean, in relationship to each other on the dog's official name... There is an established order for AKC - registered name, followed by Obedience titles, then Rally, then Tracking, Hunting, and Agility. Except any Championship titles precede the name. In UKC, on the other hand, all titles precede the registered name. I've been told the order is supposed to be titles listed chronologically by date earned. As for any of the other performance venues (such as CDSP, USDAA, etc.) I have no idea! And then when you combine a whole bunch of them together... Oy!
Now, technically, most clubs don't recognize titles from other clubs. So for instance, Tripp's AKC registration will only list titles he earned from AKC (or their approved "other" venues), his UKC registration will only list UKC titles, and so on. Even CDSP, which recognizes Obed/Rally titles from any other organization, disregards any other performance sport because it's not applicable. Therefore this should not be a true dilemma, as your versatile dog's full variety of titles will rarely be recognized in one place. But it is - those titles are your hard work, bragging rights, proof of your dog's working ability, and memories & keepsakes of an amazing partnership. Of course you want to list them all together somewhere!
Which brings me back to the question, what order are they all supposed to go in?
Ah, but I digress... This dilemma was actually spurred by some very exciting news! Can you guess? ;-) Yes, it involves another new title...
On the final day of April, we competed in CDSP Obedience at Waggin' Tails in Westford, MA. Tripp had a good day overall, and actually qualified in BOTH trials! Wow, that's not a common occurrence these days!
Trial one, we had a nice mix of exercises with "order 1" in Utility B. (In this class, they vary the combination of exercises you must do.) We used all our tools - scent articles, gloves, dumbbell... I actually kind of enjoy that. Obviously it works for Tripp too, as he earned a respectable 193 & 2nd place, plus bonus points in Baseball for a grand total score of 213. Yay! Another 15 OTCH points down! Just TWO to go!
Could we pull it off?? Trial two's order was #3 - literally half glove exercises. Yikes. Our weak spot. But I certainly was going to try.
After another long day, despite plenty of rest between ring times & walks, Tripp was noticeably slower when his turn came. But he amazingly gave another good performance - slightly better even! His 1st place ribbon was by default (only dog in B class this time), but his score was improved to a 196.5 plus Baseball for a total 215.5.
You know what that means!... OTCH!!! :-D
Woohoo! Great note to end on! Well, for a couple months. ;-) Call it a late spring break. We've got some quiet time ahead (or at least the dog does, LOL)... I'd say he earned a little break with this. :-)
Of course, we will still practice at home. And if I get smart and find time, we should really hit some classes for more polishing in the meantime. But if not, oh well... we still do okay, and have fun. That's what matters most.
But that still leaves me with the original dilemma... Where the heck on the boy's name am I supposed to add his OTCH title now? Besides in front (where several UKC titles also reside.)
Ah, forget it, I'm just sticking it wherever it looks good. ;-) hahaha