Boofuls is away tonight. Well you know what they say, while the cats away the mice will play.
Or in my case they’ll spend all night at the computer working. With a list as long as my arm of things I needed/wanted to get done tonight I don’t seem to have got much off the list even though I’ve been busy all night.
When did life get so very busy? Roll on Christmas for a rest for a few days.
So. Let’s catch up on the gossip, we haven’t spoken for days.
Well, Last Tuesday, me and Douggie took our Kennel Club good citizen test – and passed!! yay! Clever Douggie! Here we are getting our certificate. Those trainers are brilliant. Funny, friendly and very switched on. I’m going to miss them but our work at that club is done.
Instead we are concentrating on our dancing.
Did I tell you I spent most of last weekend dog training? The HTM club had drafted in a trainer to do a weekend workshop of which I could attend Friday and Sunday. It was brilliant!!
Even more brilliant after having been told on Thursday that my dog was rubbish and would never achieve anything so I should get another dog.
WOT? *shocked face*
Trade in my Douggie? Steady on there Mrs, that’s a bit harsh!
There were tears on the way home that night. I’m not interested in another dog, I just want to dance with my Douggie.
It was with a heavy heart that we trapped up for the super duper workshop training on Friday. I sat there feeling like I didn’t have the right to be there and a complete fraud. Keeping a very low profile I watched, listened and learned. I learned that some of these dogs are actually BITING their handlers in the ring. Some are completely out of control and some, like Douggie are so laid back they are almost horizontal. The more I heard, the more I thought; Douggie’s not so bad after all.
The trainer tackled issue after issue with a variety of dogs and I took it all in. On Sunday we had a chance to put it all practice and get feedback from him as well. Both Douggie and I loved it.
Over the next few days I put his advice ( the trainer’s, not Douggie’s) into action. We trained in the railway stain, the town centre ( you don’t half feel a fool), the car park, in the woods, you name it, we trained there. Thirty seconds to a minute of high intensity ‘play’. Douggie loves it.
Thursday night came round again and we turned up at the dog club.
“Come on then, show us what you’ve got,” they said, really not expecting much except to see me flapping around and trying to entice Douggie to join in, as usual.
Well, we showed ‘em what we had.
We wowed them. Mouths dropped open and chins hit the floor. Heheeeeeeeeee!!
I believe I heard the words “Hundreds percent better.”
That’ll do for me, dog. I was so proud of him. The new training regimen has worked wonders.
Now I’ve got three days to get a dance routine together for the Christmas party and rather than dreading it, I’m actually looking forward to it.
Wish us luck.