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CGC class #2

We arrived far too early last night. I decided that instead of going inside the building and waiting for the other class to end that Dahlia and I would stay outside. She could wander around and sniff, explore a bit. It was just a really nice night so there was no reason to go in and disturb a class that really needs no more distractions. She did approach the dog statue again, but I wasn't quick enough with my camera. Ah well. As were wandering around, the other class came out and I, along with the guy with the GSD (Jackson), assumed that they were done. I used it as an opportunity to wander through the crowd of dogs, trying to keep Dahlia's attention on me and keeping her from trying to rush to the other dogs. She did great.

I got chatting with a couple people from that class. One woman had a fairly fearful dog who was interested in meeting Dahlia, but not interested at the same time. Poor guy was rather conflicted. Dahlia just sat there calmly, eyes trained on me most of the time. As we were talking, I discovered that the woman thought I was a volunteer at the SPCA who was there to train the dogs. I took that as a compliment. She was pretty impressed with Dahlia. It made me happy!

I also met my coworker's sister, who was there with her Jack Russell terrier. I chatted with her for a few minutes and she brought up Cesar Millan and how she'd been reading his books (apparently she missed the steam coming out of my ears at the mention of his name). GAH. When will people learn???

As we were talking, the instructor came out and called them all back in. OOPS. Jackson's guy and I looked sheepishly at each other because we both thought class was over. Oh well! We chatted for a few and he seems like a decent guy. He breeds GSD -- champions apparently too. I can't say that I've ever met a real breeder before, so it was interesting talking to him. He was also impressed with Dahlia and said she was a really nice dog.

And then their class really WAS over and it was time to head in. Class began with us just doing some review of sits, downs, and stays. Dahlia does well with those of course. We had the additional distraction of the instructor's dog tonight, who is fearful reactive (rescue dog with a bunch of issues, but she's gotten him to behave pretty well). After that we did tests 1 (dog remains calm while you shake hands with a stranger), 2 (stranger asks to pet the dog and then does), and 3 (stranger comes over, pets the dog, lifts both ears and both paws and lightly brushes the dog). Dahlia did brilliantly during all three. She only moved one time to get to the person petting her quicker. She does love being petted. But other than that, she sat nicely and didn't move. She's a good girl! I'm really not worried about that part.

We then moved on to test 4 (walking on a loose leash). Danielle (our instructor) set up the course we would be following during the CGC, which is pretty easy. Start with a sit, walk forward, take a right turn...pause...continue, take a left turn, continue, then do an about face, continue and then come to a complete stop. We did this twice (the second time I forgot to pause but that was my fault, not Dahlia's!) and both times she did really well. I found out that she does NOT have to be heeling the whole time. She can sniff and whatnot. I can also talk to her and do slight vocal and leash corrections to keep her with me. Ok THAT I think I can do. She did well enough her first time, without treats, so hopefully we can do it even better in a few weeks.

We also sort of did test 5 (walking through a crowd, which includes one dog). Danielle set this up so that two people stood at cones and kept their dog's attention on them, while one at a time the other two people did a figure 8 pattern between and around them. Dahlia and I were first in the group to stand by the cones and she did well with looking at me and not trying to go to the other dogs (even though both dogs were fearful ones -- Ruby, the Great Dane, is the type to run away, the other dog, whose name I did not catch, is reactive). Then it was our turn to weave around them in a figure 8. She did pretty well with this. She wanted to lag behind, especially on the right turns and I had to try to keep her going. Eventually she did keep up with me and started to look up to me to see where we were going. Overall, I think she did pretty well with it.

Danielle seems to think we're doing fine and Jackson's person thinks we'll pass easily. I hope they're right!

Class ended with a repeat of the first three tests and then Dahlia and I spent some time talking to Ruby's owner and working on keeping Ruby calm around me and Dahlia. Ruby actually does REALLY well with us -- she'll go right up to Dahlia and touch noses with her, sniff around her. Ruby has also started to come up to me and when she does, I offer her a treat. Apparently poor Ruby was originally the pet of her brother's friend, or something along that line. She lived the first 6 months or so of her life with a family that had three rambunctious kids that drove her nuts AND a bossy Jack Russell terrier that scared the bejesus out of her. Poor Ruby! She has a ways to go, but I think she'll get there. She did really well last night with the walking through the crowd and walking on a loose leash parts. It's the obedience commands (like sit and stay) that she has the most trouble with. I doubt she'll pass the CGC, but that's not the goal -- socialization and some training IS. Ruby's owner (I forget her name...typical dog person aren't I?) is a really good person who really cares about her dogs (she has two -- the other is an Old English bulldog).
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CGC class #1

Dahlia and I had our first Canine Good Citizen class last night. We're going to the local SPCA for the class. Our instructor, a woman named Danielle, seems very positive and upbeat. I was a bit worried as I heard her talking about people walking out the door in front of their dogs in the class before, which is usually a big part of dominance-based theories, but she seemed to be very positive-based training oriented. She's been teaching classes for the SPCA for 7 years and is a certified CGC tester, so she'll be giving the test. Hopefully that will bode well!

The class has just three dogs -- a German Shepherd named Jackson who seems fairly well-behaved but possibly a little dog reactive/aggressive; a Great Dane named Ruby who actually has NOT ever had an obedience class and is a bit out of control (but is very shy and would not do well in the basic class, so she put her in ours because it was small); and Dahlia, who is...well, Dahlia.

I got a chance to see the 10 test items of the CGC in action last night (you can see what they are here). They demonstrated it with a test dog, a shepherd mix named Gordon. I THINK Dahlia can do all of this. She did very well last night. We worked on some basic sit/down/stay exercises, which are no problem for her. And we also did the first two test items (ignoring a stranger who approaches and sitting politely for petting). She did great -- didn't move a muscle on the first one and happily accepted the petting on the second. She didn't break the sit on the latter either. She just stuck her neck out to get petted.

The other thing we did was walking on a loose leash in a circle. Here she didn't quite get it at first. I think the fact that we weren't walking in a straight line threw her a bit. She eventually she got it and kept walking with me, but frankly, *I* didn't care for walking in a circle either. I couldn't keep an eye on the other dogs to keep pace with them AND keep an eye on Dahlia. Ah well. We don't have to do that in the test. But it was good practice nonetheless. We made the dogs sit and go down during the walk and she did both just fine. During the down/stay, Ruby came over and was sniffing her all over. Dahlia didn't move a muscle until Ruby stepped on her tail. LOL I was pretty impressed with her self control.

During the demonstration part, they dropped one of the crutches near to her and I got to see her reaction, which was a slight startling and then leaning forward in curiosity. She did pretty well with that, especially since she has issues with noise (the time the DVD player fell off the TV, she fled across the room and jumped up on the couch and cowered there for a bit -- it took her awhile to go anywhere near the other side of the room again).

Dahlia can do all of this. The only problem? We can't use treats during the test. If we could, I'd have no worries. But getting her to sit, down, and stay without a treat might be tough so I have to figure out SOME way to wean her from them. I'm thinking that if she just knows I do have them on me and will get one later on, she might work anyway. But we'll see!
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Intermediate Obedience Week 7 (aka Dahlia the graduated...again)

Today was our last day of intermediate obedience class at Petsmart. David didn't come tonight because he has a big presentation to do tomorrow and so had to stay home to work.

I expected it to be a bit like the last graduation class. A couple sits/downs/stays and then we'd take pictures and call it a night. Except last time we had 4 or 5 dogs to take pictures of and this time there were only two.

Class for Dahlia and I actually started early -- the moment we walked in around 6:40pm actually. Our trainer was training her advanced class to do sit/down stays by the door with people and kids and dogs walking in and out. She had us walk Dahlia by the dogs as they did their stays. Then she used us for meeting strange dogs on the street and standing and not greeting the other dog. Dahlia and I walked along and stopped when we saw the other person, greeted. The dogs had to stay at our sides and not try to greet the other. Then we continued on our way. Dahlia did great; so did the other dogs.

Then she and I wandered the store for a little bit while they wrapped their class up. I really had to go to the bathroom, so I attempted to take her in with me. Well, that was a no-go. She put down her foot, so to speak, and refused to move. The second time I tried to coax her in, she actually looked like she was shaking a bit, so I just stopped. I wasn't about to let my dog panic. We walked away and I got her calm again. I still had to go to the bathroom so when I went back and the class was gone, I asked our trainer if I could leave her in the room with her while I ran to the bathroom. We decided it was a good chance to see what she did when Mom left her alone with someone else. Well, I'm glad to say she did great. Our trainer said she didn't whine or cry or panic or pull on the leash. She sat there and watched and waited for me to come back. I was really proud of her. It's part of the CGC (Canine Good Citizen test) that I want her to do, so I'm glad to see she did pretty well with that. The most important thing is that the dog doesn't panic.

A lot of things happened during the class. We did some walking in the aisles. Our trainer told us to use this pit bull that was in the aisle as a distraction. Which we did successfully. On another go around, we ran into him again. His owner clearly was trying to control the dog (who was, ultimatley, a rather calm and good dog). She kept telling him "NO NO NO" when he tried to even look Dahlia's way. Then she kept frantically telling him "LIE DOWN..DOWN! DOWN DOWN DOWN." And when he didn't respond, she JERKED him the ground, shouting "DOWN." I said something like "ohhhhh" in what was probably a surprised and disapproving tone. THe woman said, in a rather snotty voice "It doesn't hurt him." I had to bite my tongue, as I'm not the trainer. Instead, I stepped away, walked a few feet away and with only hand signals, calmly had Dahlia sit and lay down. I turned, looked at the woman, gave Dahlia a release cue and walked away. I think that made my point clearer than telling her I thought she was an idiot. Fucking idiot Cesar Millan and his abusive methods. God I seriously hate that guy and wish he were taken off the air. [/rant off]

I'm not sure what our trainer thought of them, as she was right then when she jerked her dog to the floor. I hope she made a few training suggestions.

We then headed over to do stays by the the fish tanks, something new for us. Well, Dahlia's threshold issues came out again. She wouldn't come all the way back there. Our trainer was surprised she hadn't seen this from her before and wished she had. She got me to coax her back there and had me drop the leash and walk around the corner for the last few feet. Dahlia's need to not lose her mom overcame her difficulties. She then suggested going back out to where Dahlia felt safe. Well, we did, but then I decided to have her come back one more time, and the second time she was much better.

We both her and Schmutzi (I think that's how you spell it, though I could be wrong) in a down stay by the fish tanks. Then, since they were doing so good, she had us try something new. First we each stepped around the corner while the trainer held the leash, returning shortly from he same direction and treating/releasing the dog. Both dogs did great. The next time, she held both their leashes while they both were in a down stay and had us walk down the aisle and around and come up from behind them. The first time, both dogs took a moment to see us and remained down in a stay until just moments before we got to them. Try again! The second time, both dogs stayed until released. Our trainer was most impressed with Dahlia because she said she's smart enough that as soon as I disappeared around the corner, she turned her head to look down the aisle we had come from before. Yay for smart dogs!

We also did waits in the aisle with Colleen throwing treats. The first time Dahlia went for the treat and for some reason the "leave it" command escaped me. Duh. The second time she didn't go for the treat, though I spent a fair amount of time confusing her. Turning her around, while trying to get her to not sit on or trip over the exceedingly long leash, plus dealing with the lady with the pitbull and her stupid daughter YET AGAIN didn't help much. She ended up a bit stressed (as evidenced by her yawn, which our trainer poiinted out). Luckily, at that time, class was over and it was on to taking pictures of Dahlia in her grad hat. She did very well this time and I got a few really cute photos.

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I also talked to our trainer about the Agility for Fun classes and she thinks they'd be a great idea for Dahlia. We met several people at the store tonight who were impressed with her, starting with the woman and her two kids on their way out when we were coming in, plus one of the women who was there with a puppy for the class before us, plus a couple people in line when we were on our way out and even the cashier, who gave her a treat which Dahlia immediately ate right there on the rug). So all together it was a great class!
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Intermediate obedience: Week 6 (aka Dahlia returns!)

Last night was our second to last class in Intermediate obedience. We're technically supposed to have 8 classes, but (1) one class got canceled due to our trainer's being out of town, (2) we each got one private lesson because the other person couldn't make it last week, and (3) we've all basically agreed we've gotten our money's worth. With only two people in the class (both smart dogs too), we've moved fairly quickly through things and with having a one-on-one session, we've gotten through everything really well.

Last night Dahlia was MUCH better. She was happy and back to loving working. She still doesn't get the "go to your bed" command, but we honestly haven't been working on that one. We haven't found a real need for it in our household and with this dog. It's helpful to know how to teach it, however, since we may have a dog in the future who needs such a command.

We tried some new things last night. No new tricks or training, but amping up those we already have. The first one was a sit-stay and down-stay with distractions. The rodents and birds in the cages haven't proven too difficult for either Dahlia or Schmootzy. What DID prove difficult, especially for Schmootzy, were the kids that were over there. She wanted to greet and went nuts. Our trainer got her owner to put her in a stay and made her stay that way while the children walked over slowly to pet her. She did great when they moved slowly, but still had some problem if they moved around. She asked if we wanted to do it too, and I thought, sure, why not. Dahlia actually sits nicely for petting from kids in general. If a child wants to pet her she just walks over and sits down next to them. She did nothing different this time, even though the kid picked up her ear to point something out (I guess his neighbours have a border collie mix that looks a lot like Dahlia).

And then the ultimate in challenges for our Dahlia. David and I walking away while someone else holds the leash. I wasn't sure she'd stay in a down-stay while we stepped away from her. But she did it! David inched around an aisle and I inched around the other side of the rodent enclosure and she managed to stay in a down-stay while looking suitably worried. Yes! She did awesome!

We worked on "come" as well. I'm always amazed at how lackadaisical Dahlia is with this command while at the store. On walks (when she's off leash), if we call her to come, she'll come RACING at us, tail up, happy grin on her face. At class, she just sort of strolls. Last night we finally figured out the issue. I called her to come and she turned, looked at David (who was still standing near her) and sat down. Ah ha. She still has one of her people WITH her so why move, or move fast? Makes sense. So we did a "come" command with BOTH David and I stepping far away from our trainer (who was holding her). Sure enough, she raced to us as fast as she can on those slippery store floors!

I'm really pleased with how she's come through these two classes. They were well worth it. She's gotten better with remaining calmer when other dogs are out on the walk near us. She isn't as prone to chasing motorcycles and UPS trucks. I usually can catch her as one is approaching and when she just starts to get excited say "No! Leave it!" and that's enough for her to return to just sniffing the ground. She's brilliant off leash. I think we're ready to leave the training classes behind. I do want to move onto trying out agility with her, so I might get in contact with the place we take her for grooming and find out when their classes are. Maybe next spring I'll see if I can find one to take her to. I think she'd enjoy it!
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Intermediate obedience: Week 5 (aka Dahlia the out of it!)

Class last night was...interesting. It didn't go so well, for the first time. It started with our discovering that Dahlia had stepped in some gum and gotten it worked into her paw pad pretty well. I'm guessing she stepped on it on the way into Petsmart and we didn't notice it right away. She was slinking around a bit so it was probably because it was uncomfortable. So we spent the first 10 minutes of class keeping her down and on her side so our trainer could work some peanut butter into the gum to loosen it up. We got it all out, but I'm sure her paw was still irritated.

Dahlia was HORRIBLE distracted all class, which was ashame as it was a private class. Our trainer was a bit distracted too -- I think she was having a bad day as well. So all together, Dahlia did NOT do really well, but it was an ok class. We talked to her about Dahlia's reluctance to go with someone else and how to work through that. So we have some ideas for that. She does ultimately go with the person we hand the leash to, but she's not happy about it and it's obvious from her body language.

We did manage to get her to do some stays with other dogs around and she did well with that. We're working on stays and waits with distractions and she's being pretty successful. She even managed to when there were some pretty hyper dogs around. I'm proud of my baby. She's a good girl.

In other notes about last night's class.

OMG I MET A WOLF DOG. Seriously. I was standing at the check out lane and this woman came in with this MASSIVE dog. I took one look at it and told David I was positive it was a wolf dog. And so I had to go find the woman and talk to her and sure enough, it was indeed a wolf dog...that looked more wolf than dog. He was friendly, but timid. He doesn't like hands (they think he was abused and so he's nervous if someone puts a hand out to him), so I squatted down and he came over and sniffed me. He was just such a handsome amazing dog. It's the closest I've gotten to a wolf or wolf dog and I was just blown away at having that opportunity. We were 5 minutes late to class but really, it was so worth it. What an amazing creature. She's a very lucky woman.

And I also got to hold a baby ball python. That was neat. I love snakes. I couldn't actually have one as a pet because I can't feed it what it needs to eat. But it's fun holding them and letting them crawl around my hand.

It was definitely an interesting night at Petsmart!
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Intermediate obedience: Week 4 (aka Dahlia the fat!)

We were back at obedience class again last night. We had a week off as our trainer was heading out for some sort of doggy camp thing that she does with her dogs. David was really exhausted last night and so opted to stay home on the couch. That meant Dahlia and I were on our own for the class.

Well, unfortunately, the first thing Colleen said to us was that Dahlia was getting fat. :-( I've been saying this too, thinking she looked a little larger than I'd like. But everyone else (including the vet's office) said she looked fine. And we feed her the proper amount listed on the bag. Well, now I'm being told that the amount on the bags is really only for the most active dogs (which she's not -- she gets plenty of walks, but she's not hyper active or anything) and most dogs get fat eating the allotted amount. So we're going to try cutting back on it a bit and see if that helps. It's strange though as she currently weighs the same amount that she weighed in August. Maybe it's just more noticeable with her hair trimmed back. On the good side, Schmootzy (the other dog in the class) is a bit larger than our trainer things she should be too. So we're both going to cut back a bit. I definitely don't want my dog to get fat! Geez. I feel like we take good care of her and she's STILL getting fat. I don't ever want anyone to think I just let my dog pig out!

At any rate, she did well in class last night. The instructor told me that most people who rescue a dog want Lassie, and that most people don't get her, but that we did. Awww...our dog really is. I bet you she'd rescue Timmy from the wel! LOL We worked on our typical things...more stays with distractions (this time with people milling about and guinea pigs and rats nearby). She did her waits perfectly while going in the door. And she did a brilliant come this time. Usually she just meanders but this time she got worked up enough and rushed down the aisle to me. That made me happy.

So all in all, the class was pretty successful. In some ways I'm glad someone else validated my worry that Dahlia was getting a bit bigger than I wanted her to. Some of it might be tied into her metabolism slowing after getting spayed. I'd imagine that what she ate when we first got her was ok for her but that her metabolism has slowed a bit and so she needs less. So starting today we cut back and see what it does!
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Intermediate obedience: Week 3 (aka Dahlia the sweet)

I guess I haven't had much chance to post in the past couple days, but more on that reason soon.

Dahlia had her third week at obedience class on Monday. I'm really enjoying the fact that we have only two dogs in this class. It means we have more time with the instructor and things move faster. Both dogs are smart and while Schmootzy is still just a puppy, she responds really well.

We started off class with just discussing some things. I think we mostly did because the other woman in the class had some questions, but also because we wanted to go out and do some work in the aisles and there was a woman there with her four unruly children. Colleen cracked me up by making a few snide comments about the kids needing leashes, training, and then about how their poor dogs would probably end up in a shelter. She's probably right about that, sadly. The dogs AND kids were horribly out of control and the owners seemed to have no clue what to do with them. Maybe she'll suggest training classes to them!

We're moving onto having the dogs do a "wait" with us not turning to look at them. It took a couple times, but Dahlia seemed to understand what we wanted of her pretty quickly. We got through the door with little problem. We found an aisle down the way a bit and practiced some loose leash walking. Colleen came and watched and said she was impressed with Dahlia. She does seem really impressed with her a lot -- she tells everyone she's the perfect rescue dog. It makes me proud! She's such a good girl. We're adding in turns when we're heeling and she did a great right turn around into the next aisle.

Further down there, we met a woman with a small puppy who was really afraid of Dahlia at first. Dahlia approached the dog and it kept running away. So Dahlia's reaction? She laid down and reached out her nose to the dog. After a few minutes, the dog started to bark and want to play. Dahlia really seems to have this innate sense of how to carry herself around small frightened dogs. She's so awesome with them. Colleen thought she was pretty amazing. We really did get a gem of a dog!

We also worked on "go to your bed" and it took Dahlia a little bit, but she was eventually going to her bed. I don't think we'll have much use for this command as she's a calm dog who doesn't get up on the bed with us, doesn't get in your face ever, isn't even obnoxious in begging. But at the same time it's a good command so we're working on it.

She really does amazingly well at class. She's such a great dog!

And on other Dahlia notes -- she's starting to play with other dogs! We met one today and she went over, sniffed, and then jumped into a part play bow! She's getting it! She's playing! I'm so happy to see her initiate play and get more comfortable with it. It's such a joy.

And one more dog note -- the Obamas have said they're going to adopt a shelter dog! Yay!!!
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Intermediate obedience: Week 2 (aka Dahlia the brilliant)

Yesterday we had our second class of intermediate obedience class. Dahlia did amazingly well last class. After starting with "doggie aerobics" to get her in the working frame of mind, we went onto practicing "come."

Now, she's not great at this and I partially think it's the floors at Petsmart. Our instructor always wants her to run to us as fast as she can but I think she's freaked out by the floors because they're REALLY slippery and she can't get any good purchase on it. So she kind of trots down even if we hype her up. I think she'd do a lot better if there was a runner down that she could actually get her paws into! She sort of failed the "distraction" part of the challenge. Colleen put down chicken chips and the first time through she tried to make a grab for them. Silly food hound Dahlia! The second time through and on the way back was much better.

Then we moved onto loose leash walking and heeling. When we did our loose leash walking in the aisle Colleen said we were already very close to heeling and that all we had to do was bring her a little closer. I did that, got her to move with me, got her to sit down right at my side, and Colleen told us it was a perfect heel. Yes! Dahlia is awesome.

After class, I took her for a walk around the neighbourhood and we practiced some "waits." She is doing awesome with those. I was able to walk a good 10 feet away from her while she waited and then when I said "ok" she came barreling toward me. She was AWESOME. We did it several times and then we did it in the apartment where there were all sorts of distractions ("Daddy", toys, etc.) and she still did great. I think her waits are the best thing she's done so far. She just seems to get them.

Dahlia is an incredibly smart dog. Stubborn as all get out, but really smart and just really wants to please us. She's a joy!
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Intermediate obedience: Week 1 (aka Dahlia the confused)

So we're back at our obedience classes again. We decided to sign up and do intermediate obedience classes at Petsmart with the same instructor we had before. We really like Colleen. And Dahlia really likes her too.

It turns out that this class has only TWO doggies in it. Yay for that. The only bad thing? It's quiet, calm, well-behaved Dahlia and a crazy 7 month old labradoodle puppy named Schmootzy. Schmootzy is cute as hell and is really smart, but she's nuts. She wants to play and of course, Dahlia's reaction is "omfg get off me you little child!" Hmm...not good for poor Schmootzy. Dahlia mostly stays out of the kid's way.

We started off with a few "puppy calisthenics"...just running her through basic sits, stays, downs, and whatnot. Dahlia is great with this stuff, especially if there is doggy crack involved!

Then we launched into something new. The first thing we did was "wait." The concept here is to get the dog to sit and wait so you can walk out the door (or down the stairs) and have the dog follow you on command. David decided to do it first and poor Dahlia got SO confused. He was, ultimately, doing it all wrong. The way you were supposed to do it was walk to near the door and tell the dog sit. You then wave your hand from one side to the other in front of their face and say "wait." Since we're new to it, we need to face the dog and make sure she stays put. Well, she wouldn't for David. He waved his hand in this HUGE arc that just made her want to go get whatever treat was in his hand. He kept trying to get her to do it over and over again and she was getting more and more confused and he was clearly getting frustrated. So I decided to try it instead.

I got to near the door, made her sit, said, "wait," and did the signal. The first time she moved quickly and we started over. This time I did it, stepped out and turned to face her. She shifted a bit forward and I said "eh-eh" (or however you want to write it). She sat back down. She tried it again, another "eh-eh" and then she stayed put. I released her and she walked through the door to her treat. I was pretty impressed with her. David tried it again and she really just was somewhat confused. Poor kid. He told me today she was doing ok with it but I think last night she was just balking at his doing anything with her.

We did loose leash walking and she's brilliant at that with me at Petsmart (not so much at home! LOL). Very attentive and great. I think this guy that I ran into beforehand with his big yellow lab really hit the nail on the head. He said "the problem with training here is they can't do the live squirrel test." Yes. This! Exactly! The distractions are just not enough. But...we do our best.

Afterward we did stays with a bit more distance and time. The way Colleen introduced this was to get the dog into a sit-stay and then step to the side, to the middle, to the other side, and then back to the middle. Treat. Then step back one step and then back to the beginning. Treat. Keep doing that and then start more steps back or more time at the one step away. She can handle this. She did really well when Colleen did it. And she did ok when I tried it at home. If I step two steps away she follows me though. I just have to get good at timing my vocal corrections "eh-eh" to get her to stay in place. We'll get there! I have no doubt of it.

Overall she did REALLY well. I'm looking forward to next week's class!