Lobo crawled. He high-fived. He caught a treat off his nose.
It was those skills and more that propelled the German Shepard to the title of Best in Show during the Crofton Farmerâs Market third annual Dog Show Sept. 12.
Lobo, Sierra Bennettâs beloved German Shepard. was last yearâs winner of Most Tricks. He swept the category again and topped all other dogs in the 3-year-old and up Simon Says competition by barking on command.
Loboâs performance before the judges included crawling, giving a âhigh-fiveâ with his paw, spinning, going back and forth between obstacle cones and catching a treat off his nose. Bennett began training 4-year old Lobo in obedience classes at 12 weeks old in a puppy class, slowly moving him into more and more advanced classes.
âOur long-term goal is for Lobo to go into sheep herding,â Bennett said.
New categories were added this year, including a fastest pie eater and best âSimon Saysâ instruction follower. Categories were separated by weight and age, respectively, to be pitted against their peers.
Severna Parkâs Stephanie Bristol of Sweet Paws baked the dog-friendly pies.
âThe flavors are peanut butter or pumpkin and grain-free,â Bristol said. âThe are made with dog-friendly ingredients without sugar or butter.â
Bristol baked enough pies so each contestant would have a choice of flavor and whatever didnât sell to the Farmerâs Market shoppers was donated to the Rude Ranch Animal Rescue.
Six year-old Buck nearly inhaled his pie without even smelling or licking it first like most of his under 25-pound competitors.
âI knew he was going to win this category,â said Buckâs owner, Janine Hou of Crofton. âEating food is his talent. Heâs a vacuum cleaner.â
Beans won the pie eating contest for dogs over 25 pounds and was also the judgeâs pick for Best Trick. The small Collie first arrived in a hot dog costume despite the 80-degree day.
After being judged on his costume, beans began performing several tricks. Most impressive was his jumping over a pole held by the children of his family, the Lawings, which gave him the win.
Several dogs appeared in costume including canines in plain t-shirts, a prison uniform and a pumpkin.
Bella the Bulldog, Allen Russomâs dog, fancied herself a Bumble Bee and paraded around in her wings and antennae winning the judges over and receiving the Best Costume medal.
During the Simon Says competition, divided by ages, Gracie, was the only dog under 3 years-old to bark and won the category.
Gracie also performed her tricks well before the judges, jumping through her owner Jen Mauâs arms while she held her arms out in a loop.
Harmony, Allie Schaferâs five year-old, petite pooch, performed toward the end of the competition. Harmony performed skills shined despite an abundance of treats scattered around the grass from previous dogs that made concentrating on oneâs owner difficult.
Harmonyâs pumpkin costume and jumping ability landed her the title of Runner-Up for Best in Show.
Each winning dog received a medal for each category won and a free, large pizza from Ledoâs Pizza of Crofton.
Judges Debbie Boehm of Xtreme Hair Salon, Gloria Hyland of Champion Realty of Crofton, Matt Dawson of Chesapeake Thermal and Jill Weissenbach of Higgins & Friends Pet Sitting enjoyed judging the event.
âI love being around dogs,â Dawson said. âI recently lost my dog of 16 years. This is the first time in my life that Iâm living without a dog. Judging (the Dog Show) was a natural fit for me.â
The best part was being a part of the community and dogs at the same time,said Hyland.
âA community atmosphere along with dogs is the best of both worlds,â Hyland said.