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30 August 2013 / rubytheblacklabrador

Debunking selective deafness


Inspired by 1st World Dog’s new training tips page (who said I needed any more training?) did some long sit and stays today. Aiming for no movement for two long minutes, waiting for a cheery ‘come’ and then a speedy dash over for a treat at directly at owners feet. Trying hard to disprove my apparently selective deafness…


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  1. 1st World Dog / Aug 30 2013 2:57 pm

    You are jumping ahead Ruby, you keen superstar, next Tuesday’s topic is recalls.
    p.s. mum keeps thinking on entering me in a CCD trial but I’m hopeless at stays for any length of time. I either get bored or start barking that I want a treat… Supposedly neither of these are acceptable behavior in trials… Plaaa… I’ll stick to Rally and Agility for the moment.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 30 2013 3:31 pm

      Oh goody – can’t wait. I am happy to sit or laze at any chance so can easily do the stays!

  2. weliveinaflat / Aug 30 2013 4:09 pm

    Oh wow, working hard at it, good job! *toss virtual treats to lure the sit-stay dog*

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 30 2013 4:17 pm

      Ha ha – she i perfectly able to sit still for hours. Only problem is when I call come she either races over of nonchalently turns her back on me and walks off in the other direction!

  3. fozziemum / Aug 30 2013 8:02 pm

    What a good gal you are Ruby 🙂 well done Hugs Fozziemum xx

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 30 2013 8:29 pm

      Thanks – always try my best to please but it doesn’t always happen:)

      • fozziemum / Aug 30 2013 8:50 pm

        Sounds like me Ruby hahahahaah I just say What Ev…hehehehe 🙂

  4. susank456 / Aug 30 2013 8:41 pm

    Good luck with the training. We are working on listening too.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 31 2013 8:19 am

      Thank you. She is pretty good actually – spent a whole year of sundays at dog training classes and she progressed through really well. Will do anything for a treat!

      • susank456 / Aug 31 2013 9:12 am

        That’s a labrador for sure.

  5. 2browndawgs / Aug 30 2013 11:40 pm

    Good luck with that Ruby! Brown dawgs are still working on their selective deafness….

  6. Booksphotographsandartwork / Aug 31 2013 3:50 am

    Two minutes?! wow I couldn’t get my dogs to sit at all last night on the walking trail. They had just sat several times in another parking lot. They acted as if they were blind and deaf. I was so mad and I almost cried.

  7. littledogslaughed / Aug 31 2013 7:25 am

    Well Ruby, a dog’s gotta do what a dog’s gotta do to stay on top of things in the human world-

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 31 2013 8:13 am

      That’s right – keep them on their toes and let them think they’re the boss and then do something completely unexpected!

  8. Sonel / Aug 31 2013 3:38 pm

    Well done Ruby. Just shows you, we can hear when it suits us..hehehehhe
    *big hugs*

  9. Misaki / Sep 4 2013 8:57 pm

    Well done:-) though I think we all suffer from a bit of deafness every now and again

  10. debhuntinbrokenhill / Sep 6 2013 8:23 pm

    Two minutes!!!!? I cave in after ten seconds. Maggie takes full advantage.

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