Linda and Maeve with the prize glove after earning her tracking dog title.
Maeve's official AKC name is CH PatchMt About Time CD RE NA NAJ TD VCD1
The CH in front of her name means that she has been judged to conform to the Dalmatian Club of America standard of what the ideal dalmatian should look like. She actually completed her requirements in very good style, winning well at regional Dalmatian only dog shows.
CD (Companion Dog) To earn this title Maeve had to heel (walk on a VERY loose leash) at Linda's side, and then off leash in the same manner, stay in place until called to come and sit in front, and then do a 1 minute sit and 3 minute down in a line of 10 to 12 dogs while the owners are 20 feet away. She had to successfully do this on 3 different occasions.
RE (Rally Excellent) In Rally Excellent a dog has to perform about 15 "stations" off leash, again on 3 different occasions. These stations can consist of things like downing at the handlers side, circling left and right, going over jumps and returning to heel position, standing while the owner walks around the dog, etc.
NA (Novice Agility Standard) was explained in the previous post for Corey
NAJ (Novice Agility Jumpers With Weaves) This is agility that is about speed. There are no dog walks, A frames or teeters. As the name sounds, jumps, weaves and maybe tunnels make up this course. Speed and control determines who passes this class.
TD (Tracking Dog) Here the track is 450 to 500 yards, usually in an open field and the track layer has left only 2 articles on the field. At the test in southern Maine Maeve made this look easy!
VCD1 (Versatile Companion Dog 1) This is a SPECIAL AKC recognition to dogs who have earned their basic titles in at least 3 events. In Maeve's case that is obedience (CD), tracking (TD), and agility (NA). Not an easy accomplishment and one to be very proud of!
Other titles you may see in the pedigree will be explained at a later date.