November 16th 2011 6:20 pm
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Dad and I are taking a fun class that combines Rally, freestyle and challenges. One of the challenges is to ignore stuff on the ground. It is soooo hard! You need to understand, they want me to ignore not just anything, but slices of turkey or ham, stuffies, a canvas frisbee and a very enticing rubber plunger (not used though, unfortunately). C'mon people. All those things are yelling Fetch me, eat me, squeeze me!! Needless to say I have been giving dad a hard time in class so we have been practicing at home. I was practicing the "Not yours" exercise with mom and I have been getting pretty good. The other day we were working on leaving alone a single piece of kibble: simple or so mom thought. She said, "Not yours" and I ignored the kibble and got a lot of high value treats for it, but then the stakes got higher. Mom called me back to her and I just couldn't leave the kibble there by it self, alone on the cold ground, so... I decided to eat it. Mom's eyes got really big and trying not to laugh, she said oops and walked to the next room closing the door behind her. She wanted to give me a time out. To me? Is she mental? I tried to get in with her but I was taken by surprise and did not have time, she just closed the door right on my face! I had been left out! I was like Oh no, she did not! I was not going to put up with that! She went in with the intention of giving a 60 second time out, but I just lost my mind. I was howling and scratching at the door non stop, I even barked which is really rare. All she was able to do was waiting for 10 miserable seconds or else I would start the scratching and the howling all over again. I really threw an epic tantrum and she was unable to complete her silly time out, BOL! I think the "don't challenge a cocker spaniel" part of mom's training is complete. Now to have my dad make a fool of himself in class when I eat the ham out the floor and my job here is done!
Shiloh Ribosome Hunter