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August 13th, 2001
10:47 pm

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That was not ...
... the spiffiest obedience class performance we've ever turned in. I left the house late, so we arrived while everyone was heeling (first exercise). Sable's Gentle Leader (head halter) is in the truck (which is in the shop, which is in Cupertino, etc etc) so I was going to try working her in just the buckle collar. Hah! She flung herself wildly in all directions. So we blew a few more minutes fitting her in one of the trainer's spares. Heeled half-way around the ring and managed to get stranded a) with no liver b) with running dogs on both my left and my right (one of Sable's big nemesi; the liver was needed to distract her from hackling and barking at the dogs) c) with one of my sandals off and distracting dogs in the heeling track.

*sigh*

But, we got it back together. Sable did well on the "park it" exercise, even though we hadn't been practicing that either, and she was remarkably steady on the long down despite the antics of the Labrador next to her. (I did have to verbally interrupt her twice, but given the situation, I think we were doing well. "down" is one of the commands I use daily.)

Next week won't be any better, since I'll be out of town and we won't get in much practicing, but at least I can show up on time and with my own equipment again.

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From:elthar
Date:August 14th, 2001 06:04 am (UTC)
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Nemeses. :)
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From:ambar
Date:August 14th, 2001 07:52 am (UTC)
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Aw, Dad, you never let me have any fun.
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From:liralen
Date:August 14th, 2001 08:33 am (UTC)
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When doing obedience with Fezzik, I sometimes found that the bad days at class made for a really excellent amount of training at home for the next few weeks. Incentive, I think. Sounds like you did a really great job sticking to it, and definitely sounds like the next time'll be better. I'm impressed you've gotten where you have with Sable. From what I remember, obedience in a dog is pretty much directly proportional to the amount of effort the owner takes. It's fun to hear about your classes and efforts. Good reminder for me about how much time and work and attention a dog really does take before I leap into getting another one.
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From:ambar
Date:August 14th, 2001 09:13 am (UTC)
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The truth is, someone did a lot of work with this dog before I got her. I haven't so much taught her anything new as reminded her of what she already knew (and demanded things in tougher circumstances -- for instance, part of the dinner ritual is that she has to do a recall *past* her full dinner dish, to me, before she can eat.)

Asking her to stand is a new thing, but we're still at the lure-and-reward stage there. Playing hide and go seek at home is also a new thing, but that's less a command and more "for fun".

In your shoes, I would probably wait on another dog until you have Jet out of diapers. :)
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