A few months ago, there was a little fun competition at our training school. The competition involved the fastest time weaving the dog through pylon cones and downing the dog on a rubber mat, off-leash, without touching the dog. Nobody could practice ahead of time. It was up to the handler to decide best how to get the dog through the cones and to down without touching the dog. Many people made the mistake of using pure obedience to get their dog through the cones and on the mat. They would get the dog into the heel position and walk through the cones. They'd also wait until the dog downed and probably gave that dog the command more than 2 or 3 times. Me? I'm cheater cheater pumpkin eater. I love find ways to make my life easy. I used a lure in my hand. Though we weren't allowed to touch the dog, there were no rules about luring! So Loki and I made it through the first group in under 30 seconds and got to compete again for a ribbon. We took second place after a border collie. Here are a few shots from our second run.
"Retardo, shake a leg!"
"Back off woman, let me handle this course!"
"Not so fast Nitro. Get your ass down on that mat and stat."
"Damn woman, when you gonna stop holdin' out and give me that treat already?'
"Shut your yapper Retardo and try to look like you know what you're doing. Maybe they'll give us points for dog-trotting in synchronicity."
"I can't take it anymore. GIVE ME THAT TREAT!"
"Oh hey, is that cute blonde in the corner waggin' her tail going to be my podium girl?"
What do you think about your 2nd place ribbon Loki?
"I think First Place probably tastes a whole lot better than Second Place!"