Poor Emilu got a "trial by fire" tonight in the basement. We have been forced to do our training in the basement the past few weeks due to time constraints and horrible weather most nights. Tonight I decided that we needed to work on retrieving and break in her new dumbell (lost one and the old wooden one broke). First throw was toward the outside door, which has a large sheet of foamboard insulation up against it. As Emilu reached out to take the dumbell, the foam sheet fell over on top of her. She backed away and then couldn't get the dumbell because it was way under it. I went over and lifted up the sheet and she grabbed the dumbell and we ran back to the "starting point'. Good girl Emi! Then I threw it the other way toward the woodstove. It fell up against the brick hearth. She ran up to get it, then ducked away quick and closed her eyes, and reached in quick to get the dumbell. She returned it to me, and I went over to see what was up. Because the stove sets up on the hearth, the hot forced air was blowing out right at face level to her before she reached down for the dumbell. 2 things I probably didn't really have to proof for, but I was still proud of her. (and no ear-pinch training either!)
Good girl, good girl!!! ;D
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Linda, Kona and Bo
That is great Pat! You're right, you could not try to get that kind of proofing to create that kind of drive. Wonderful!
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What a good girl !!!
Even though those are not things you would see in a trial, it will give the dog confidence so that when she sees something like a ring gate moving or whatever to be able to handle it. She'll be thinking "Geez. This is nothing. I've had something fall on top of me before."
What a good girl!
Sharon, loved by Moose & Sky