Update - We went to the Columbus All-Breed Show-N-Go today with my friend Lynn (Fiddlelady). I had Emilu in one Novice run-through and 2 Opens with sits/downs for each. Emilu's heeling was bad, as usual - but passable. She was fine with all other things in Novice, and in Open, she actually did everything with only 1 command except the BJ, which she walked (never does this in practice, even though I leave large spaces between the boards to try to get her to so I can bust her for it). The second run-through she walked it twice and I got her to jump by using voice and signal. Great on all sits/downs. 2 minor skirmishes with other dogs when they fussed at her first. This always makes my heart drop - I'd love to get through a show where she doesn't fuss at someone. Heeling is BAD - she just slows way down in the ring - she's not the greatest heeler in the world, but ring nerves just about kill her - I learned something though - she's great in going from station to station (I have her heel) -she perks up and trots right along with me - so I think that it is something I am doing also and maybe I can pretend that we are just going from station to station somehow intead of "heeling". All in all it was a productive day, and I'll probably go to another one the end of March - they had 3 rings going and "judges" in each ring - very nice set-up and kind, helpful people.
Sounds like you had some good training experiences Pat! And, if the other dogs fussed at her first, I wouldn't even worry about it. Good girl Emilu!
When she slows down (heeling) speed up... walk as fast as you can and call her to get up with you. It's hard to speed up when they slow down, but it does help to pull their attention back to you.
Keep up the good practice, it will all pay off!!
Sounds like overall, you guys did well! I know Open is going to be our nemesis. So good for you for getting out there!
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sounds like you are working things out..maybe with more you'll be able to pinpoint what you are doing so you can help her out more