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I have to be in Akron tomorrow to show Rushie in obedience. This is my first try at it.

The dog has been absolutely miserable for the past six weeks. He decided to go through a stupid-phase NOW!

He is a Rally dog. He used to be solid on down-stays, sit stays, come fronts, Stand, and healing on lead.

This past week we have been working off lead a lot. Progress has been made. However, the following issues have cropped up:

I have never tried to call him front with my hands at my sides. So I started that this week. Now he comes to me, sometime via the whippy dip place, he sits crooked in front of me. If he sits straight, it is for a micro-second and then he jumps up on me.

Sometimes he finishes fine, sometimes he wonders in an exaggerated radius to find the spot next to my leg.

I stand him and get ready for the stand, finally tell him to stay, and walk away. Sometimes he follows me. Sometimes he stays, but when I return, I get all the way to the shoulder and then he breaks.

Down-stays, he is breaking.

Sit stays, he is breaking.

Oh and we never used people posts for the figure eight, just little orange cones, or building posts. Worst yet, the boy has started frisking people for treats -- perfect strangers!!! I get the general idea that if someone offers him a milkbone he will follow them home!

Is there anything else I might screw up tomorrow AND Sunday???

Is there a "Perfect" drug I can slip him tonight in his kibble that will give me 24 hours of Super-Doggie???

I am desperate!
 

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I liked the poem. Too bad I read this after the show. Next time I will have to have a flask on hand.

We did awful.

Rushie healed ok on leash and off (for the most part). He pretty much sat when I stopped and all of that, though that first sit was kind of slow.

He did the figure eight ok, even though we only did it around cones and posts prior and never around people.

He wouldn't stand to save his life. Forget the stay. He turned into a noodle and would not stand. The judge NQ'd us but told me to try and stand him again. Nope, it wasn't happening. (He has done this in class!)

It looked like I never trained him.

I took him back for the recall, he wouldn't stay! So he did not get the opportunity to do a run-by or a micro-sit and jump all over me.

We went back in for sits and downs. He forgot what STAY meant and came trotting after me. The other dogs were doing this, though only 1 or 2 did not NQ, so the judge didn't have me try the long down.

He has been through more training than any of my other dogs, and I worked with him every night this week, save last night (after he passed a CGC that we already had as a class graduation).

I think that one of us needs a labotomy.

I am not going back tomorrow.

I thought about adjusting my goal for Madison (mid-July), but maybe we should just do Rally Advanced with him instead. We STILL need to work on the STAND and STAY though!

Mangey Mutt!

On the bright side, everyone that saw him LOVED him. If I wanted to get rid of him, I could have easily today.
 

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Rushie turned two on January 31. We need to start again. Bummer. I am really thinking of just doing Rally Advanced with him. The thing is, there is nothing in that CD that he has had trouble with. It must be brain damage.
 

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Thanks all, had the boy at class tonight. Started yet another one. We are aiming for July now, shows in Madison. I did nothing with him at all since Saturday, and tonight he wasn't wonderful, specifically on getting him to stand, but he stayed (for the most part) recalled pitifully (didn't sit in front, but came). He heeled well and did come fronts ok.

I guess they posted the score sheets so my trainer, who was at the show with her dogs, checked my score sheet out and said I only lost six points on healing off lead, and six healing on lead. So I really did ok on those.

She also said that in her class there were ten dogs and only one qualified, and that people were NQing all over, partly because of the distractions and location.

I think that maybe that was some of it, maybe some of it was over-doing it with training the week of the show, and the rest of it was nerves (mine).

So back to the drawing board....
 
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