Ambar (ambar) wrote,

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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.


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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