Quilter -- Casper looks so handsome in your sig pic.
Molly's CGC certificate arrived today. I am SO glad I changed her registered name.
Thank you! My camera always makes his nose look bigger than his head. (See today's picture.)
Congrats on the CGC!
Last night was the big graduation night. He got a *diploma*. My husband has been teasing me for weeks that only his dog, many years ago, has ever gotten an award. I took his bloodhound mix to obedience class and we got "Most Improved" because I managed to keep the dog's nose off the ground for about one minute after 10 weeks of practice. So now Casper has a diploma, not a mere certificate.
For graduation night, we all tried these exercises:
- Sit-Down-Sit-Down - Accomplished, though his back end did not stay in one place.
- Sit with a treat 6" away and owner 2' away - Accomplished. I held the stay too long and he jumped on me when I released him. Lesson learned.
- Sit-Stay while owner skips 10 feet away and wait 10 seconds - Accomplished. Easy, as we've been working through the Relaxation Protocol by Overall.
- Heel in three circles while owner carries treat in a spoon with the leash hand - Accomplished the first try. He started jumping around on the second try, and that, of course, was when the instructor was looking.
- 10 Sits by hand signal only - Accomplished. The main work was getting him back up to sit again. He was in sit mode last night.
Casper's special trick was Back Up. He was pretty excited last night, so I had to ask three times for this usually rock solid command. I've heard it's hard for dogs to do it without barking. He looks like a windup toy when he does it.
And here's a pic:
Today, I took him on a walk around the campus at work. It's a huge place. We have sidewalks, athletic fields, parking lots, and even trails. He did extremely well in the populated areas, not dragging me off to meet people or getting excited and jumping around. A couple of times he tried to go visit, I said Leave It, and he actually did! Such a change from last summer, when he had so much trouble I had to send him back home with my husband before we could even start his walk.