Gatlin and Liz participated in a friendly yearly competition at MC’s
Ultimate K9 in Addison, IL on October 16th, 2011. Fourteen dogs and handlers participated in two
classes; intermediate for on leash dogs and advanced for off-leash dogs Gatlin
competed in the advanced group.
The obedience was a modified Begleitenhund routine combine
with a four scenario protection routine. Judging criteria had the same
expectations as schutzhund – control, energy, intensity, precision, grips.
Frank Ethrige, a long-time handler under Mike Charatin; Rich
Kuatick, a retired police K9 handler and trainer; and Tommy Martin, multiple
schutzhund 3 club member, national competitor from the Greater Chicago
Schutzhund Club applied their time, talent and expertise as judges for the
Liz and Gatlin took first place in the advanced obedience
and won the overall cup. They must return next year to defend their title.