|Can't see, rain is falling on me.|
What better to do in the driving rain but practice Novice Obedience exercises? (Ha.) Today was a perfect chance to work on proofing good behavior in the rain. I sure did not want to go out in that, but if it rains on one of our upcoming obedience shows, at least I will have given Perri some exposure.
She did her long downs and I made her stay longer than one and three minutes each. I threw her tennis ball, I squeaked it. She's not fallin' for that.
We did heel patterns and I focused more on myself than her. I walked briskly and really did not look at her. Did not slow down. I trusted that she was with me. And if I would side eye her, I saw that sweet face looking up at me. Perri is really starting to get this stuff. Same on the figure 8. Brisk, brisk, brisk around our cones.
I worked on proofing the Stand-Stay. Perri moved paws when I first threw her ball, but I put her back where she belonged. And there she stayed.
Recalls were good, we are of course still using the jump bars to guide her into a straight front. We will get there. The second time we did this she ran to me and then just swung into heel position. THAT cannot be a habit.
Before I knew it we were out there over half an hour. I was surprised. After a stressful day at work, it did my soul good to unwind with my good girl, even if it was a little wet.