Today I had another session to practice with Mom. We hiked over to the area we practiced last week, and when Seamus and his dad arrived, there was a Borderline Collie in the car. AND HER name was Scout. Seamus didn’t tell me he had a sister!
Practice was going to be a lot more fun with a GIRL. At first, she had to wait, so I made sure I did a great figure 8 pattern (looking at Mom), but I kept my peripheral vision on Scout. I wanted her to know I was smart and talented. I forgot that she was watching a little bit when we did our heeling pattern, and then later I got distracted looking at her, so when Mom did a right turn, I was in her way. OOPS!
I did do a very nice “front” for mom today. I think she might not trust me though because she made me wear that really, really long leash. She called it the long line, but it was a leash. I think I might have to do that for a few weeks before I’ve convinced her I can do “front” off-leash. As soon as that happens, I’ll be free to go chase quail again!
We also practiced a Rally course. I got to go first, and I remembered all my stuff. Then Scout went through the course, and she was good at that, too. I sure hope she comes back next week. I told Seamus that, but he just rolled his eyes at me.
There were all kinds of my friends running around off-leash, and there were human puppies running around, geese flying, goose poop, etc. Still, I was very good. Even strangers passing by complimented me on how good I was being. When Seamus and I did our long sits, I was pretty tired. I kept sliding into a down position, but Mom noticed and made me sit again. Thankfully when we practiced downs, I was too tired to get up and chase the geese or the other dogs. I did watch them, but I did not even move a paw.
I sure hope Scout comes again next week. She was pretty cute!