a August 20th, 2009

  1. Getting Ready for the Trials (and Tribulations)

    August 20, 2009 by myeye

    Chase is far from ready to earn his CD, but we have a Thursday night Novice drill class and it’s good practice for Rally Novice.  Biggest ongoing problem:  when we are doing group circle heeling, Chase thinks he’s in the conformation ring and wants to gait out away from me — he flat-out forgets that he’s heeling.  That’s just going to take practice.  However, it’s not a problem when he and I are in the ring alone which is how it works in obedience and rally competition.

    Surprises for the night:  The recall sucks — Chase starts coming straight toward me and then does a happy shake and romps off to play with other people and dogs — again, in competition we wouldn’t have all these potential new friends in the ring.  The good:  rock solid sit-stay and down-stay, instant drop, good overall attention, and a good right finish.  I just began teaching him the swing finish, but he’s trying — we’ll have it down by the Labor Day weekend trials.  Chase has pretty good attention for a teenaged boy and I know he’s trying to be good — except when he forgets where he is and what he’s doing.  Yo, Chase — I’m over here!