26th August 2007 - Beau's Graduation from Beginners
by, 23rd May 2008 at 08:25 AM (526 Views)
Beau graduated from Beginners Obedience today. I was so proud of that little man. Our classes were supposed to be run for 8 weeks but due to heavy rain (the venue is held outdoors) all but 4 classes were cancelled. We rolled up today expecting that we would fail our exam and have to repeat the classes. Our challenge has always been the “stay” command and as part of the assessment we needed to complete a 40 second sit & stay, a 40 second drop & stay, and a 40 second sit & stay on a long leash where we walk away from the dog & then do a recall. Ah I swear Beau knew we were being examined as he did them all perfectly. Right from the first week Beau has walked beautifully on a loose leash, does all his turns really well & is a little champ at recall, so we were very confident with that lot.
Next week we get to start Class 1. I really don’t have much of a clue what we will do in that class, but I guess it is more of the same except more strict & I guess longer stays etc. I have heard that the ultimate goal is to be able to have your dog remain in a sit & stay until you walk a long way from him, then do a recall & in the middle of the recall yell “drop” and have the dog drop instantly. That is the one they refer to as “the life saver”. At the moment that sounds like a huge challenge, but then it was only yesterday I thought a 40 second sit & stay sounded like a huge challenge.