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The dog that started it all, OTCH Mister Rugby Sevens UDX2 OM3 VER RA OA NAJ. I had just started training dogs when the 12 week old Maltese came to live with me in Maryland. He was a very happy and exuberant puppy that was interested in everything in the world… except for me. The leaf laying on the ground, the other dog across the street, the tree way over there, they all needed to be investigated and barked at. He had opinions about it all.

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He made his Obedience debut in summer of 2009, earning his Companion Dog (CD) title in three shows with a High in Trial Award too. Six months later, in 2010, he earned his Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) title in three shows (one weekend!) and earned another High in Trial Award out of Open A. His Utility Dog title was earned in 2011, just before his third birthday. Three Q’s in a row with another High in Trial and 2 High Combined Awards.

Rugby earned his Obedience Trial Championship (OTCH) on June 20, 2012 at four years old, the first Maltese to earn the title. He won the Toy Group at the 2011 National Obedience Invitationals, and placed second in the Toy Group at the 2014 National Obedience Invitationals. Rugby has accumulated 9 High in Trials and 13 High Combined awards along the way.

Points & Progress: Rugby’s OTCH Journey

Since finishing his OTCH, Rugby started training for Agility. After three months of training, he earned both his Novice Agility and Novice Agility Jumpers titles in October 2012.

While still opinionated, Rugby has matured into an attentive, motivated and quiet adult dog that is capable of stealing the hearts of everyone he meets and all sized dogs too!

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