JD Overcomes Disc Disease & Becomes Obedience Star

JD Overcomes Disc Disease & Becomes Obedience Star

Jack-Daniels UD GO RAE owned by Alison Smith of East York, Ontario, Canada

JD is a 6 year old Jack Russell and Corgi cross who was born just down the road from the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg, TN.

“I never planned on showing him in the obedience or rally rings, but he has so much fun in training that I thought I would give it a shot,” Alison said.

But at the age of 2 ½ years, JD had a major setback in training when he had to undergo spinal surgery on almost all of the discs in his back and neck to treat spinal disc disease.

 “I know just how lucky I am that he recovered so well from his surgery, and I could not ask for a better partner both inside or outside the ring,” Alison said.

JD recovered and has had an extremely successful show career, earning the top AKC Rally title of Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE) and most recently the top AKC Obedience title of Utility Dog (UD).

JD earned his Utility title in just two weekends, completing the title at the Syracuse Obedience Training Club trial on June 7, 2015, with a first and a second place finish.

He competes in AKC sports through the AKC Canine Partners program for all dogs, including mixed-breeds and rescues.