To get my gold award I have to:
Sit - Dog to sit on command whilst a distance away from handler (halfway down the hall)
Down - Dog to go into down position whilst a distance away from handler
Walk without a lead - Dog to walk by the side of handler and be able to halt, sit and move on without being on a lead
Come to heel - Dog to return to handler's side when called and continue walking to heel
Leave it - Dog to walk past and ignore food, tit bits and toys on the floor
Sit-stay - Dog to stay in the sit position for 5 minutes whilst a distance away from handler
Down-stay - Dog to stay in a down position for 5 minutes whilst a distance away from handler
Seek - Dog to seek out and bring back an article (one of the dog's toys or article supplied by trainer)
I have done them all several times now with the exception of the stoopid sit-stay, which only two doggies have managed in the whole time we've been going, proving how tough it is I think!
I am determined to do it though!
I can sit for an age when I'm watching the squirrels jumping through the hedgerows. Maybe I should ask if they can supply a tree and a couple of tree rats for the test!
I was feeling a bit fed up after class so I tried to give mum my cute face to try and get an extra nice dinner. I think it ended up being more of a doofus expression as mum said "Hey Oscar, why the long face?" (Geddit?!). She told me to go and play while she made dinner.
But do you ever find that despite getting all your toys out, you just can't find one that you really feel like playing with? Mum says the next trick dad teaches me can be tidying everything back into my toy box, hehehe!
So mum said that as I had tried really hard at class, and as it had been a bit of a horrible week after the sad news about Fufu, I could have one of my birthday presents from her and dad early. Woo hoo! Thank you mum and dad, and hello blue doggy!I started on his eye balls right away and after a good old chew pretty soon everything was right with the world again!
Have a good weekend everyone! Keep your paws crossed that the weather stays fine here as I'm supposed to be going on a walk with my Airedale Club and meeting up with my friend Archie on Sunday!