The first time I watched handlers walking a Rally course, talking and giving hand signals, pretending their absent dogs were performing the exercises, I thought Boy, this is dumb. On that day, my Staffie Ace and I were entered in the obedience Open A Class. As it turned out, he never earned his CDX, (Companion...As the first anniversary of his death approaches I now feel that I can share what an extraordinary dog Alf was during his lifetime.! My journey Alf began two years before his birth. I was visiting with friends at a dog show in Northern California when my friend’s daughter approaches with this small Am Staff.Staffords are not normally associated with Obedience or any of the other dog/owner related disciplines but there are many Staffords competing in these sports, successfully throughout the world. Whilst excepting that not every Stafford should or would be suitable to compete competitively, early socialisation is very important to teach an acceptable interaction with other dogs...