Hard to believe Buddy has been with us for two years. He is now about 5 years old with graying muzzle. Buddy is a good ol boy. Great companion. Likes to be close. Velcro close. Most often he looks at me with bright eye and wagging tail but has not a clue. I know he knows more than he lets on. Though he wears his Bubba character well, I do believe he once was well trained. Walks on a loose leash. Responds to watch. Sits, almost stays but is really a wing man. Downs. Has a fairly good recall even when new dogs are at the bark park gate.
We are going into week three of Novice Rally this Wednesday. I am very pleased can't wait. This is on leash. Healing on left side and doing sits, downs, stays, walk arounds, front, all without getting me tangled in the leash. Fist week I used Cheerio cereal pieces as a reward. Everybody else was using hot dog, chicken, and cheese. He was soon going to the others for rewards.
Last week I used cheese. Two of the dogs in class are from the bark park and my friends said that Buddy looked really happy and responded correctly. They said his tail was wagging constantly while in the ring and was watching my face. I was also shoveling cheese down in throat as fast as stokers tend the boiler of a speeding locomotive. The result of four sticks of string cheese during three runs of the course is Buddy is ready for RN trials in August.
Since last Wednesday Buddy has learned go behind, halt, stand, has gotten better at stay, and has learned gimme five using either paw. This morning Buddy watched me get cheese from the fridge, followed me into the living room walked around me, sat front, gave me a paw, and colapsed into a down almost all in one continual motion. Behold the power of cheese.
This made me laugh out loud! I let my son read it, he is still laughing. It is so true with my 2, they will turn themselves inside out for cheese. The power of cheese indeed!
Maxx & Emma Jean
Ozzy - 10/16/02 - 06/28/11 - Always in my heart.
Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
If I hold some cheese out for Nibbs he goes into 'cupcake dog' mode. (I actually often will take one of his hollow real bones and stuff a bit of cheese inside, it keeps him busy for a long time.)
Brilliant! Well told.
Seamus and Flynn
Made me laugh too.
Doesn't take long for them to train us to bring the right food.