Eva-Lotta Halonen & Hilla
I live in Central Ostrobothnia which most people consider to be in the northern part of Finland. I have two border collies, almost 10 years old Hilla (name means cloudberry in English) and 2,5 years old Vimma, and two shetland sheepdogs, 11,5 years old Tinja and almost 4,5 years old Liekki (flame in English). Besides rally obedience we train and compete in traditional obedience, working dog trials and agility.
My strengths: I like my dogs to be a little “wild”, so I concentrate more on training attitude and good spirit than just technical skills. I have a good relationship with all my dogs and I know my dogs well. I think one of my strengths is also that I do so many different dogsports. All of them offer a little different angle where to view a dog training so it’s a great opportunity to learn and improve my skills in training.
Hilla’s strengths: Hilla is a very calm dog even though it is hard to believe when you look at her when she is on a rally obedience track. Hilla has nerves of steel. She always listens carefully to commands and she is able to move fast and with precision. Right now she is highly motivated to do especially well, because she is super annoyed with younger dogs taking her training time (and all those wonderful toys to play with..!).
Our merits: Hilla is Finnish obedience and rally obedience champion. She has competed also in tracking trials (open class) and agility (class 3). Hilla was in 3rd place in Finnish rally obedience championship in 2020, 2nd in nordic rally obedience championship in 2019 and 7th in finnish obedience championship in 2021. My older shetland sheepdog Tinja has won the 1st place in Finnish rally obedience championship in 2018 and was in 3rd place in 2016.