Thursday, April 8, 2010
Ups and Downs.....
Tonight at our Scent Hurdle practice Kort blew me away!
Today has been a day of mixed emotions regarding Kort, let me explain......
This morning started out rather badly when I had to cut our walk short due to Kort refusing to stop barking. We had gotten about 10-15 min. into our walk when a couple of dogs walked by in the distance with their owner. For some reason today I could not get Kort back in control, & the barking & whining escalated into howling!, so, I turned around & went home, end of walk....this stayed on my mind all day, wondering if I was doing everything I could do to help Kort become the well behaved dog I know he can be.
Then tonight happens......to fully appreciate this I need to mention that Kort has "just" started to hold & pick up his dumbbell, like maybe 2 months, no more. So at Scent Hurdle practice tonight we worked on retrieving the dumbbell over 2, then 4 jumps, & bringing it back over the jumps. Kort had no problem, I put him in a stay, ran up to the end of the 4 jumps, placed his dumbbell on the box, returned & told him "take it"....he flew over the 4 jumps, grabbed his dumbbell & returned back over the 4 jumps with it in his mouth !!!! It wasn't just a fluke either, he did this about 4 times!! WOW!!... seriously !!! WOW!!
Then we worked on scent discrimination. Kort retrieved his own dumbbell each time. The final time it was his dumbbell, plus 2 others. He ran up, sniffed each dumbbell, grabbed his & returned back with it. He made me very very proud tonight....I love this dog, really really love him, I just wish he didn't mess with my emotions so much!
Posted by onecollie at 11:11 PM