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    AngusFangus is offline Senior Member
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    So, this Saturday we will attempt Angus' 2nd Rally Advanced leg.

    It came to my attention the other day during a practice run that we may have a few issues with the offset Figure Eight. For those who don't know, this is a Figure Eight performed around two dog bowls. The dog bowls may contain - gasp - food!

    You see the potential for disaster here.

    So I decided we needed to perhaps practice heeling around food on the floor.

    Now, Angus knows "Leave it." The way we have usually practiced it is this: The treat is placed on the floor, or sometimes if we are showing off I'll put it on his paw and say, "Leave it!"

    This results in the most intense look of sheer concentration on Angus' face. He stares at the treat, his attention completely riveted on the treat as though he thinks it might make a break for it at any moment. His forehead is wrinkled and every muscle is tensed as he watches the treat with complete focus. Then, on the command "Take it," he is allowed to eat the treat.

    So, you see the other problem I have unwittingly created: He thinks any treat on the floor prefaced by a "Leave it" ends in a "Take it." And so he waits. Riveted.

    The other night I put the treat on the floor. Angus goes into Pointer mode, freezing in place, looking down at the treat with great anticipation. "Angus, Leave it." Well, he's leaving it...but now I have to get him to heel. Ha!

    "Angus, Heel." Nothing. Laser-focus on treat. "Angus! Angus! Watch me. Waaaatch, Angus."

    Sloooooowly, sloooooowly, his head lifts. Just a little at first. Then he glances up at me, and right back at the treat. "Angus! Watch!" Ohhhh, he's thinking, you've got to be kidding me! Are you saying I should look away from this treat? Nooooooo!

    Omigosh. It was so funny!

    He finally did peel his gaze away from the treat and look up at me, and he got pezzed with hot dogs for doing so. At the end of the night we were able to heel around the treat.

    He is just too cute. He really wants to do the right thing.


    Connie and "The Boys":
    Angus, Yellow Lab, CGC, RE, CD
    Simon, d.b.a. Flat Coated Retriever, CGC, RE, CD

    Gone ahead, but forever in my heart:
    Crash, Pit Bull x Rottweiler x Golden Retriever

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    OMG I can totally see that little face, forehead all wrinkled up. CUTE!!!

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    LOL...Angus good boy.

    Gunny would have quickly taken the treat and tried to chew without moving his mouth hoping I'd never notice.

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    I can so totally picture the whole scene...great story

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    lol Connie I can TOTALLY picture this in my mind. It's amazing the things we unittingly create that will come back to bite his in the behind later. I can just see Angus' face staring intently at that treat lol.

    For us it was Stand for Exam, and for bite exam....as long as I could maybe have the judge give him a treat after, it's all good .. but I don't think the judges are going to bait my boy after they look in his mouth ??? so we had to work around that one lol.

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    Awww, good boy Angus!!

    I'm gonna have to start practicing that with Henery!!

    GOOD LUCK this weekend!!


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    I sure hope you mean you are going for your 2nd leg of Rally Advanced. Since we are doing our first Rally novice this weekend that would just break us.

    Angus just sounds so lovable!
    Sharon, loved by Moose & Sky

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    Oops Sharon!! Yes, I did mean Advanced! I fixed it :P


    Connie and "The Boys":
    Angus, Yellow Lab, CGC, RE, CD
    Simon, d.b.a. Flat Coated Retriever, CGC, RE, CD

    Gone ahead, but forever in my heart:
    Crash, Pit Bull x Rottweiler x Golden Retriever

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    GOOD JOB ANGUS!!! I can just picture it!!! ;D ;D ;D

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    The things we do, knowingly and unknowingly. Another well-told story. And good boy, Angus!
    Toby and Chamois say: GO STEELERS!
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