|Graduating with honors!|
First was the figure 8. Start in the middle and go around two cones placed about 8 feet apart without correction or verbal commands other than "heel". Dylan started out wide and was sniffing the ground the entire time. We lost points. Then came the "stand for inspection" command. Dylan stood and as I walked away, and in my somewhat altered state, I started with my left leg. WRONG! Dylan started walking with me because I did not start with my right leg. She broke her stand and we lost points.
We did some heeling and about turns and she sniffed the ground like someone had scattered kibble all over the ground. No points lost, but I knew she could do a whole lot better. Then came the sit stay for two minutes and the down stay for three minutes. All the dogs are lined up in a straight line, told to sit/stay and then told to down/stay. It was like the light came on and she was at her best. She did not budge the entire time as dogs were breaking all around her. She was one of only two dogs to pass both these tests.
The finally tally showed Dylan was best in class with only 4 points lost out of a possible 200. She pulled me through just like I know she will pull her new owner through when the time comes. What a great finish to a less than great day.
|Chilling' after a tough obedience final.|
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