I thought I'd add a brag about Daisy. She'll turn 1 year old on Sunday, Apr 29.
We went through puppy kindergarten last Fall, and she was very wild and didn't seem to learn much except maybe getting a little better on the 'stay' command. I had already taught her sit, stay, and come pretty well before we started.
A couple of weeks ago, we finished Beginning Obedience class, and she did great! She got a 98 out of 100! And, she won Best Trick for the whole class (about 25 dogs)! I actually had her do 3 tricks, Play Dead (AKA "BANG!"), Rollover, and Shake hands (which we call the Sign of Peace, from church). She did them all wonderfully. I was so proud of her! The judge for that "event" made the comment on her sheet that Daisy should be in the circus. When she played dead, she didn't just do her normal flopover, she literally straightened out her legs, too, like she had rigor mortis!
Her biggest problem has always been heeling, and the last couple of weeks of class, it finally sunk in with her that she was supposed to be focusing on me and staying with me, as opposed to charging off toward all the other dogs. During the test, she jumped up a couple of times, but stayed right with me and watched me the whole time.
She is just so smart -- I honestly think that she could learn just about anything if I had the patience and the creativity to teach her.
Ok, braggings over. Thanks for giving me the opportunity!