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Celina’s dog is a little better than the rest

Celina’s dog is a little better than the rest

Thursday, July 11, 2024

By Abigail Miller

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Tad is faster than a racing greyhound…and he recently competed with his owner/handler Anna Caylor in the three-day National Canine Performance Events (CPE) in Springfield, Illinois.

CELINA – Tad may not be at his best anymore, but the adorable, impeccably trained 9-year-old Corgi still has enough spunk, agility, speed and eagerness to compete with the best dogs.

Tad and his owner/handler Anna Caylor, a rising sophomore at Celina High School, recently competed in the three-day National Canine Performance Events (CPE) in Springfield, Illinois, a competition featuring 505 handlers and 659 dogs from across the United States and Canada.

CPE is a national dog agility association that focuses on fun and offers agility competitions and various game classes. Dog agility is a sport in which handlers lead their dog through a set obstacle course within a set time. The courses usually include obstacles such as tunnels, slalom poles, tire jumps, see-saws and rest tables where the dogs must stop for a set amount of time.

Caylor and Tad went home with numerous awards, including first place in Jr. Snooker (a two-part point game), third place overall in the playing course rankings, High Point Low Rider and the prestigious CPE National High Point Jr. Handler Award.

“There are different things,” Caylor said of the events at the state championships. “There’s standard and different games like show jumping, and it’s still usually a different course that you go through.”

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Tad is quicker than a beagle on his lunch break, and he recently competed with his owner/handler Anna Caylor in the three-day National Canine Performance Events (CPE) in Springfield, Illinois.

During the year, dog handlers and their dogs must take part in a certain number of tests in order to collect enough points to qualify for the national championship.

Caylor, 15, and Tad are now veterans in the trial circus.

Under the tutelage of her grandmother Terry McGlaughlin, Caylor began showing Tad at the age of 8 and has since won numerous national CPE awards in dog agility.

Caylor began competing with McGlaughlin, who had been training her dogs in obedience for a long time.

“I take all my dogs to obedience training,” McGlaughlin said. “I started and she was probably with me for a couple of years before she even showed her dog.”

Caylor said that watching Tad brought her out of dark times in her childhood.

“At one point I was really at the lowest point in my life and that was pretty much the only thing I really enjoyed doing,” she said. “I just kept going.”

To show dogs, you have to have a good relationship with the animal and be able to communicate not only with words but also with body language, Caylor said.

“Because if your hands are doing one thing and your feet are doing another, they get confused,” she said. “That would be the case with my dog, he would just shut down.”

Caylor trains Tad most of the year and said it’s been great to watch his development.

“It’s pretty impressive,” she said. “I trained him alone. We’ve both learned what to do over the years and we are. It’s really nice to see that with the experience in him.”

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Anna Caylor and Tad pose on a rock next to Grand Lake. Caylor will be a sophomore at Celina High School.

Caylor added that her fondest memory of working with Tad was when she received her first C-ATCH award through CPE.

A C-ATCH award is given when a handler completes 10 qualifying runs in a standard course and 5 qualifying runs in all other courses, McGlaughlin explained.

Caylor didn’t even know she was in the running for an award when she grabbed her first C-ATCH.

McGlaughlin had noticed that her granddaughter was about to get a C-ATCH, but kept it a secret so Caylor wouldn’t get nervous.

“I never tell her because I keep track of all the records,” McGlaughlin said. “And so the first time she had no idea she was close to winning it.”

Caylor’s parents and little sisters were present when she was presented with the C-ATCH, Caylor said.

“They brought the little sisters and I was like, ‘Cool, they’re here,'” Caylor said. “Then I finish the course and all of a sudden there’s so much cheering. Like what the heck? I was so confused. All of a sudden a lady comes out with a big ribbon and I grab it and have to do a victory lap because that’s what they do to your dog. I was so happy.”

Caylor has now won a total of three C-ATCH awards and is close to winning her fourth, she said.

Her grandmother added that the duo will likely miss a majority of shows in July due to other commitments, but they will be back in full swing in August.

“We’re probably going somewhere next month,” McGlaughlin said. “I haven’t really looked at the schedule yet. She’s got music all month and we’re on vacation. So we’ll just let that month pass, but we’ll pick it up in the fall.”

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Tad can jump obstacles in a single bound…and he recently competed with his owner/handler Anna Caylor in the three-day National Canine Performance Events (CPE) in Springfield, Illinois.