Katie, husband and I went to an obedience trial today. She earned her 2nd leg (out of 3 required) for Novice Obedience. I got us there way way too early. Again. Supposedly they were starting at 11 and I counted the entries, did the math, and we showed up about 12:30. I don’t think we were on deck until after 4. Katie spent the time in her crate or on her Dad’s lap, or wandering around with me. The building was very hot and small. It was a long wait.
There were 3 dogs entered in Novice B (the novice class for people that have titled a dog previously) and 4 of us in Novice A (the novice class for people that have never done this before.) By the time we got going Katie was pretty much over it all..but she did just fine considering. She was excellent during the stand for exam – she didn’t move at all. Such a good girl! She lagged on the heeling, and came in way way crooked on the recall. But at least she came when I called! We saw other dogs in higher levels that just sat there when their folks asked them to come!
Only one of the 3 dogs in Novice B qualified; the other two in that class laid down during the long sit. It was hot in that building and I don’t blame them at all!
Only two of the four of us in Novice A qualified, the other two dogs went crazy and either had zoomies during their run or walked away during the long sit. Sad for their owners. But I was proud of Katie. She looked at all the nonsense surrounding her during the long sits and downs and just stared at me. She didn’t move. Did I mention she’s a good dog?
So all in all, she earned her ribbon, hung out like a trooper, smiled at me before we began and did her best to follow my somewhat bumbling directions.
Oh yea…she’s a very good dog.