Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Wrong class


I decided Katie and I needed to go back to school, in order to get that last leg of Rally that she needs to earn her Novice Rally title.  But it’s so hard to find a class I can get to while working full time almost an hour away.  So tonight I decided to take her to a drop in class of novice obedience.  I figured we could work on our heeling and get ourselves ready to try for that last Rally leg.

Except I read the schedule wrong.  And got myself registered for Open Obedience..which is a drop in class, but they are doing stuff we’ve never done.  Like dropping on our recalls…and jumping over stuff to get a dumbell that we don’t even own…

The class started out with the long sits and downs…the very first thing was a 5 minute down with the owners out of the room.  Poor Katie.  She went into her down and then watched me leave with sad brown eyes.  I told the instructor we had never done this without me being in the room, so he let me go back out after a couple of minutes.  She was much less stressed.  This was my first indication I was no longer in a novice class.

Regardless, she did the five minute down and the 3 minute sit without moving.  Good girl!

But heeling?  Well, that’s the reason we need to be back in school for sure!  The instructor honed right in on us and gave me quite a few tips.  Katie didn’t like him and tried to hide behind me every time he was near.  Which didn’t help our figure eights either.

And when I turned around after crossing the ring for our first recall I couldn’t even SEE Katie because a big German Shepard was playing with his Mom, his rear end in front of her and his tail slapping Katie in the face.  And she was sitting there stoically waiting for me to call her!  As soon as I opened my mouth, before I even called her she was on her way to me.  And she didn’t stop and sit in front of me like she was supposed to; she ran around behind me to hide.  Poor puppy.

After that it was pretty much downhill.  The instructor politely suggested that perhaps we weren’t ready for Open.  No kidding.  I thought I was in Novice!  Next week I need to try to get there at 6:30 when the Novice class is running…rather than 7:30 when I THOUGHT novice was happening!

Katie say…”GEE MOM!  What did you get me into anyway?!”  She’s sleeping now.  Probably having nightmares!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

13 thoughts on “Wrong class

  1. Oh, I doubt Katie is having nightmares, maybe she’s dreaming of how earning that RN title is going to be a piece of cake for a girl who can drop in on a Open class and handle those long stays! Way to go! I hope that next week you both have a more relaxing time at the Novice class. We’ll be cheering for you. 🙂


  2. Thats really good that she handled those long stays. Sorry about the mix up in class. I hope the next one is better for you.


  3. Oh Katie, you are such a brave, brave girl! Amazed that she did that down with you out of the room.

    I find it hard to get to classes on worknights. Once I get home, I want to be home!


  4. Katie was a trooper to do those long sits and downs! At least now you got a preview of what it will be like when you get to open!

    If we had to go to class in the evening we would never go. Sorry there isn’t something on a Saturday for you to go to.


  5. I’m impressed that Katie did a 5-minute down. Is there a class for Sarah that comes before novice? Just kidding. Katie obviously trusts you, and that’s why she did as well as she did with these more advanced students. I have to say that when I first saw your title I thought it was going to be a post about a dream. I had one of those the other night, except that I wasn’t in the wrong class but couldn’t find my class, the one I was supposed to be teaching. Ah, well, we are all students in this Game of Life, for as long as we’re in the game. Good work, Katie!


  6. Oh poor Katie – she must of been so worried about what was going on but at she was willing to try and did do a good “down”.


  7. Playing with the big kids is only fun for a little while, huh Katie?


  8. Poor Katie!! But she did soo well!


  9. Oh dear Katie, what did your mom get you into? LOL. Glad you made it through although of course she is such a good girl. I like what Marie said,maybe it really was a good thing because that last rally Q will seem like a piece of cake even with the weird judges or new environment, it will all be a piece of cake after conquering the open obedience class!


  10. Katie…sorry for your ordeal…We are proud of you for doing your BEST!


  11. Dam impressive–but then you have a sheltie :-). You are well on your way to your next obedience title and obviously you have perseverance! I’m certain you will wow them in novice!
    “And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!”
    Dr. Seus
    Today is Dr. Seus birthday!!


  12. Oh I LOVE Dr. Seus! And since I’m not in the library world anymore I didn’t notice! 😦


  13. Ugh! That does sound like it would have been a bit stressful. Hope the Novice class goes better!


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