Over the last few weeks, Rosie has gotten so comfortable in obedience class that when the teacher talks (which is often), she now just lies down and waits instead of turning into a wolverine. Amazing. I would never have believed this, had you predicted it (and some of you did).
She now has a very reliable SIT and DOWN and STAND and WATCH ME, and a pretty reliable STAY (depending on distractions) and also a good WAIT (she waits while I put her food down) and an excellent LEAVE IT. DROP IT needs some work.
BACK is a new command, very valuable--it keeps her from crowding me (and Riley) at the door, or wherever. It means "stand back," and she does it very well. We practice that one a lot, ha ha ha, Rosie.
We're also working on SIDE, which brings her around to my side, where she sits nicely. Sometimes she does great, but often she ends up at an angle so that she can still see my face. We need to practice that one against the wall, the teacher says, so that there's no room for her to angle out. She's supposed to be attached to my side like Velcro. We have a ways to go.
We have two classes left. Doug will fly solo next week because I'll be out of town, and I'll fly solo on graduation night because he has an event that evening. I've been enjoying the classes, which is, frankly, a huge surprise for me. I hated Riley's training--he was skittish and fearful, which was part of the problem (Rosie is confident and quick) but mainly it was the teacher, who was not anywhere near as good as the one we have now.
Our teacher now explains things--sometimes too much, maybe (as I said, she likes to talk), but maybe not, because her words stick in my head. She explains why we are learning things, like WATCH ME. Riley also learned that one back in the day, but I never understood why it might be useful. Now I know.
We have signed both dogs up for three one-hour Saturday morning leash training classes, which will begin later this month. Rosie has discovered prey and so pulls a lot, which she didn't do before, and when she's not pulling she's often chewing on her leash, which is going to need to be replaced soon. And Riley is good on the leash unless he decides to lunge at something. We're figuring even at age 10 he can learn new things. (He has already picked up BACK and SIDE quite well.)
And then what? When Rosie is perfect and there is no more wolverine and she knows all these commands reliably and walks prettily on the leash with no pulling or chewing?
I'm thinking....maybe.....possibly.....agility training! What do you think? With her gawky long legs and intense disposition, will she be any good?