|Call name: Neo
Owner/Handler: Christine Ryder
At what age did you start training with Neo? Neo came to our family at the age of seven months. He belonged to a friend who was suddenly diagnosed with cancer. She knew we were lovers of the herding breeds so she bequeathed Neo to us. He was a special rescue. So, knowing he had been through some puppy classes and was quick to pick up new behaviours, I immediately started training the foundation for rally obedience. I also started training the foundation skills for agility as well. He actually started his dog sport career in agility, but I found he had an aptitude for the close work of rally. And that’s how our journey began.
What motivates Neo? My husband Rick and I would have to say, Neo is motivated by the three "F's", food, family and fun, not necessarily in that order. Neo loves his food and thoroughly enjoys being rewarded with treats. Because he is one of the most fun-loving dogs I have owned, he is equally reinforced with his tug and throw toys. And not to be underscored, spending time with his dad and I, as well as the other dogs in our household, is also high on his list. He is a serious cuddle bug and is always first to get his place by me in the evening
What other events does Neo participate in? Neo participates in agility across many venues, obedience, CARO rally, CARO Working Class, scent detection and trick training. He is getting older, but I think he would have also enjoyed dock diving, as he is quite a swimmer.
What does Neo love to do when not competing? The list is long, but we can say without a doubt that Neo loves to go for beach walks (as water play would be likely), car rides, hikes, trick training and swimming in our dog pool. He loves making us laugh at least once a day. It's as if he knows he has done something amusing, as he gets this happy dog smile. He always loves sharing quiet family time with Rick and I and our other fabulous dogs.