First of 4 Intermediate Classes for DJ
We had our first class in the Intermediate level of Obedience tonight---leading up to 'off leash' training. Tonight we learned two styles of turning 180 degrees while walking with the dogs at heel. First one was an 'outside' turn, meaning we walked in a straight line, dog heeling in position, then just turned a quick, tight turn keeping the dog on the left side. Deej had that one conquored from the get go. Second style was an 'inside' turn, where we walk in a straight line, then turn into the dog making a tight 180 degree turnaround, and pass the leash quickly behind the back and have the dog immediately on the left side, still heeling without missing a beat. Took ME longer to learn that move than it took DJ to figure it out. She really loves learning in a class environment. We practiced those moves for quite some time, getting tips and pointers from the instructor. The last thing on tonight's agenda was to be facing the dog who is in a sit position, and give a hand signal and 'heel' command, making the dog walk around behind the handler and end up sitting at the left side. That was harder for DJ to pick up on,because she always has just done a quick jump/flip from sitting facing me to sitting beside me on the left. I personally like the flip better, but I want her to know and be good at both styles. Next week we have class in a park, and are supposed to bring a 30 ft long line for long distance sit and down training....and who knows what else. Very good class, excellent instructor. He has a GSD named Jag that is doing a 'refresher' course right along with our dogs. DJ's best dog friend is in the class with us, and she actually stayed very focused on me and the commands instead of her doggie friend, even when they were heeling going opposite directions and passing very close to each other. YAY DJ!!! Cant hardly wait for next week's class.