Growing up with a beloved Border Collie as a child, Anthony Lockett always knew he would one day own a black-and-white pup of his own.
When he came across Alan more than two years ago, he knew he was a ‘‘good boy’’, but never imagined he had the potential to be a state champion.
While attending Shepparton & District Obedience Dog Club, Anthony and Alan began their competition journey in the Obedience and Rally Trials.
Alan’s disciplines were Community Companion Dog in obedience and Rally Advanced in rally.
The pair began training hard to gain a qualifying score at the Double State Obedience and Rally Trials held at KCC Park in Skye, Victoria, on August 4 and 5.
‘‘If we could achieve this we would be awarded our titles,’’ Mr Lockett said.
‘‘I liked the idea of possibly being able to say ‘my dog won a title at the state trials.
‘‘Where we finished was irrelevant.’’
Alan and Mr Lockett celebrated two first and two thirds across four events they competed.
They came back home with trophies, ribbons and rosettes, as well as the honour of Alan being a Dual State Obedience titled dog.
‘‘I was surprised but he has always excelled at everything,’’ Mr Lockett said.
‘‘All I wanted was a well-behaved dog, but now he’s a state champ.’’
Mr Lockett and Alan will continue competing across new levels next year.