Walking to training class today, I was thinking to myself about how Darcy was never going to graduate. And how it’s a huge bummer because she is very good at home. She listens like… maybe 70% of the time and she’s great at her commands. But she won’t perform in class and they’re never going to believe me when I tell them she listens.
However, when we got to class, a miracle happened. Darcy sat on command. She listened to her name. She laid down while I stood up (since clearly we both had to lay down for learning purposes.) She stayed. She attempted to heel.
Today – my little dog GRADUATED OBEDIENCE 1!!!
When the instructor made the announcement I said “Stop! Are you serious?! I never thought we would graduate!” Demonstrating strong confidence in my dog’s abilities.
As a reward we bought a duck foot treat. She didn’t put it down the whole walk home.
Therapy Dog Certification – we’re so close!! Just a lot of more steps to go!