Today was our TDI test. I was worried because I'd had a long meeting on Friday and then it rained all day yesterday, so we had limited time to practice over the last couple days. I was afraid Bar would have too much energy after being inside all day yesterday to heel nicely and we hadn't had a chance to practice walking over food for a couple days. Things were not looking good.
I knew it was supposed to rain this morning, so I set the alarm for 6:00. The test was supposed to start at 9:00, so I figured waking up at 6 would give us time to wake up with some coffee, go for a walk if it wasn't raining, and do a few focus exercises before getting in the car.
It wasn't raining and Weather.com said it was supposed to be cloudy with no showers until 2:00 (LIARS). So, I drank some coffee, we walked around the block, and we did the old treats on the paws game. Bar was focused and I had hope for our test.
When we got to the test, our old Obedience Foundations 2 & 3 trainer was there to test us and said we could go right away at 9:30. Since we had 30 minutes to go, I we warmed up with some heeling and sit-stays. I tried to get Bar to down, but she wouldn't do it--even with a treat lure. We can't use treats on the test, so I knew we were in trouble. No matter how hard I tried, she would not down in the wet grass.
So, to make a long story short, Barley did everything beautifully--weaving through a crowd with walkers and canes, approaching someone in a wheelchair to be pet, walking over a plate of shredded chicken--EXCEPT for the down on command.
|The one thing Bar has been able to do since the day I got her was the one thing she refused to do for the test.|
While I was battling with Bar to get her to down, it started pouring down rain--and then I had to go crouch between cars in the parking lot while she stayed under the covered tent for supervised separation--so now we're both soaked and cold. After I get a few papers graded, I think we're going to curl up under some blankets and nap for a bit.
|My little wet dog.|