Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Mixed Bag.

Went out and worked Murphy in obedience today. This was supposed to be our last schooling session before the show this weekend. There were very good bits of our session and some very bad parts of out session and I frankly don't know what to think. For one, Murphy's heeling, his drop, his retrieve on the flat, his retrieve over high and the broad jump were great. His stay work sucked butt. He got into this thing today where he decided to break every time I left him - no not 30 seconds after I left - 2 and a half steps after I left he was standing up. So a 30 minute training session (I played some agility after our run-through) became an hour training session - I KNOW his brain was gone, but I just had to work through it. So what do I do now?

I think I'll work him a bit tomorrow morning before work - just stay and a few steps - a couple of steps backwards to rebuild some confidence, then I'll proof some more at waggles tomorrow night. It's hard not to get frustrated a bit - and that's the last thing he needs to read from me. So suck it up and try to fix it without stressing anyone out (especially Murphy).

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