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3 June 2013 / rubytheblacklabrador

In the groove

Paying attention

Spent a year of Sundays at a dog club learning to stand, stay, sit and watch.  Fetched strange wooden dumbbells, jumped over fences, balanced on ramps and ran through tunnels.  Medals, certificates, glory.  Easy peasy.

Finally, one day I’d had enough.  Owner told me to sit, stay and walked about 20 metres away. Then she turned, faced me and stood still. Waited for the command.  Waited some more.  Waited even longer.  Finally owner eagerly shouted ‘Come!’ in her cheery voice.  Despite the inevitable receipt of treats my heart wasn’t in it any more.  Got up from my sit, slowly turned around and walked the other way into the bushes.  Owner horrified and rest of class laughed (including the other dogs).  Instructor not impressed.  Still I’d made my point – enough with training.

We still do the drills though and today we had a great session up and down some steps.  Heeled beautifully and paid close attention.  360 degrees turns were on the spot and together we jumped back and forward over logs.  Owner and me in the groove – brilliant feeling!


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  1. Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom / Jun 5 2013 3:46 am

    Sometimes enough is enough and you need a break!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Jun 5 2013 9:08 am

      Yes I’d also needed a Sunday lie-in. It was fun at the time though and definitely worth persisting with because she is now so good (apart from the terrible eating habits) on and off lead 🙂

  2. 1st World Dog / Jun 11 2013 9:35 pm

    Ruby…. ditch the obedience training and come do agility. Woof…. 1st World Dog

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Jun 11 2013 9:38 pm

      Yes love agility work. Agree it’s much more fun 🙂

      • 1st World Dog / Jun 11 2013 9:42 pm

        Are you trialing? We can show off our unpredictable lead outs at a trial soon.

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Jun 11 2013 10:23 pm

        Not serious enough any more for trialing and need a Sunday morning lie in.

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