@hugs to Sharon - here I thought you were just very quiet lately because of all the snow you guys have gotten. o_O
I went to class with both guys today. Class starts at 9:30. I got there at 9 in hopes of getting directed jumping practice in with Jacks.
So I got there and let the dogs run around loose while I dragged the jumps over and put up the ring gate and Bertie.... POOPED.... *shock*..... right in front of the high jump. o_O!!!! I felt like I had to cover Jacks' eyes so he didn't get any ideas. But really, I guess this is one of those reminders that Bertie is potty trained at home, but not quite there at other places.
So I cleaned up that mess, set up my target - and got ready to send Jacks....
And some other class mates start walking in like 20 minutes early! *confounded*
And the one guy actually walked up to the middle of the ring where I was standing in front of the jumps, getting ready to send Jacks, and he let both his dogs visit with Jacks while we were technically WORKING. I didn't say anything, but I was sending him mental "GO AWAY" messages while holding Jacks in a sit at my side. The guy asked if he could let his dogs visit with Bertie, and I told him "yes" if only to get him out of our space so we could work.
I did 2 sends, and only 1 jump before more people started coming in and I saw the instructor arrive. >.<
So I cleaned up and switched dogs.
Instructor called sits for the whole class. One thing I'm really excited about is this class especially was the first time where if Bertie looked away and I told him "ah-ah-pay-attention", he returned his focus immediately. Very proud of him.
Stays - rock SOLID.
Signals/Verbal commands - basically she wanted us to only use signals to get the dogs to go down or sit. And then she wanted us to totally freeze the body language and get the dogs to go down or sit with verbal commands only. OMG I felt so handicapped with the downs in heel position. There is absolutely no reason you'd ask for a down in heel position without the handsignal, so I've never taught it. This while Bertie definitely can go down on verbal only while in front of me. With him at my side, he was just giving me the blank, "Whaaahah?" look.
I demoed pace changes with Bertie. My sister would have been laughing about me getting an inflato head from the way the instructor pulled me out and described what and why she wanted me to do them.
And then there was a scrambled come practice close to the end of class. <- I thought class was over and put my coat on and pulled Jacks out. And egad had to scramble to get back out there with Berts.
This week -
Bertie: I want to work on getting straight sits in front position. He has a tendancy to sit crooked. Even if I have to dig out my front box, I'm going to prevent this from becoming a bad habit.
I also wanted to do the first step to a flip finish. <- This is the leap back only.
And I guess I have to work on him getting his downs in heel position without me moving my hand. I guess.
Jacks - articles, drop on recalls (if the fangled snow melts in the driveway), and signals. I do want to get some heeling in as well, but his heeling has been very good lately at class. o_O
Other random thing - I did the initial step to becoming a member of the one obedience club. I just feel so weird about that.
ETA - I almost forgot - the guy who brought his dogs out there to visit with us in the middle of the ring, while I was trying to send Jacks for directed jumping + visited Bertie in his crate? His one dog was doing the telltale kennel cough snorting towards the end of class. I drove home trying to figure out what I can give my boys to boost their immune system. o_O