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.