But we haven't practiced leave it in a while and Bar also can't stand the thought of food being dropped on the floor and not cleaned up immediately. She is the class vacuum cleaner when we go to the training center. While everyone else is heeling nicely to warm up for class, Barley is sniffing along the floor and cleaning up any crumbs left behind by the class before. She refuses to walk nicely until she has the entire room cleaned.
Since I'm not sure what our test will be like (although it's at a winery, so it's probably outside, which could be to our benefit), our focus for today's training was walking over food without eating it.
We practiced our sit-stays and down-stays while I set up our obstacle course.
|A circle of Bar's favorite things to steal: a toy, a red pen, a ball, a bowl of cat food, and my mascara (I promise that's an old one I don't use anymore--no eye infections here!)|
|Did I hear cat food jingling in that dish?|
After that I made our course more difficult by putting the stuff in a not-very-straight line and adding Cheez-Its to the mix.
|If Mom has the camera in front of her face, she won't notice if I get up and steal the Cheez-Its.|
|Darn, she noticed.|
When we just walked alongside the line, Bar did fine (being on the inside and the outside). Things got ugly when we tried to weave between the stuff. Even though the Cheez-Its were Bar's initial downfall with breaking the down-stay, she was good with them when we were walking. It was the bowl of cat food she just couldn't resist--multiple times--so we still have some work to do. On the plus side, I don't think there will be cat food at the test since it's supposed to be like the situations one might encounter at a hospital or nursing home/rehab center . . .