When we first got there, though, I was starting to just practice heeling Leo next to the gates so he continues to work on being comfortable with them. Then I was going to work on stays and she asked us to come into the ring where she was working with another student, presumably in a private lesson. Her dog is having some trouble with stays, particularly stays with distractions. They asked me to heel Leo around in the ring, in front of the dog, etc. It worked out well to do that with Leo, combining my need to work him on attention to heeling and also halts, etc. Zach even got to play the part of a distraction.
Here are the things I'm proud of Leo for:
- He's starting to take the dumbbell and hold, even for the briefest of seconds.
- He offers attention often.
- He's responsive.
- He was excited to show up at class tonight - he knew where we were and was thrilled to walk in the door.
- He understands recall and even that he's supposed to sit in "front."
- He's responding to hand signals for finish and "around."
- Attention to heeling.
- Long (and short) sits - he tends to slide into a down.
- Working in close proximity - I'd still like to bring his heel in closer to me.
- Dumbbell - a solid take, hold, give.
- Send over a jump and recall - promptness and not continuing to look for food.
- Not paying attention to the person standing there in the figure-eight.