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Ziva and I had an interesting morning, and I ended up being SO THANKFUL for the training that she has.  Especially the "Stay" command. 

We were downtown this morning watching the Veteran's Day Ceremonies, and there was a pretty good sized crowd there, even an occasional dog walking by, and Ziva was so well behaved---never barked at any dogs, let little kids pet her and was being a total lady.  All of a sudden, I heard a "THUD" to my left, and I turned to see an elderly woman that had passed out and fell flat backwards on the sidewalk, and it was her head that made that sound as she hit.  The woman had someone with her that was trying to get her in a sitting position, so I rushed over to help her, and realized that I could not hold onto Ziva's leash and help with this woman at the same time, so I dropped her leash, told her "STAY--DONT MOVE" and turned back around to help in whatever way I could. The other people that were there just stood there, nobody jumped in to help. The woman was knocked out cold for several seconds, and when she began to regain consciousness, she was still pretty much out of it.  Firemen and EMTs were on the scene within minutes, because they were already downtown for the ceremony.  As soon as I saw that the EMTs had control of the scene, I backed away and let them do their job.....and instantly got sick in the pit of my stomach, thinking that with the crowd rushing over to where we were standing and Ziva being loose, I would be running all over town trying to find her....but, there she was, still standing on the sidewalk, and only about 3 feet farther away than where I left her.  I was so relieved.  My only thoughs now are for the woman that passed out and had the concussion.  I'll probably never know what happened to her, because I dont even know her name.  But at least I didnt have to worry about my dog. 

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That's awesome!  so glad she learned so well.....Ive been in over-drive myself drilling re-call into Rocky and heeling.  Stay will be the next big one....he knows 'wait' while we are walknig and he's running free, when I say it he knows not to go further until I give him an ok but wait and stay aren't quite the same.  He will walk toward me when I say wait...Stay needs to be more like Freeze I think.

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Yeah for Ziva and your training. How scary to see the woman like that. You should be so proud of her I cant believe she stayed there with all the commotion. Good job Ziva!!!!

 

I was at a dog show once and we were just about to load the dogs and go home when I witnessed something similar. It was an elderly man that was trying to load himself up on a homemade ramp way to steep for his electric chair to go up. As I turned my head at the exact time to see his chair topple over backwards and his head hit the ground with the same thud. I threw the dogs at my daughter and went running over to help, it was terrible. I can still hear and see that vision in my head very clearly. I too wondered what happened to him afterwards.

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That is Great Zivas Dad...Great for you and your training with Ziva and great for the Dobie breed! I hate that the lady passed out...but glad people got to see the discipline Ziva showed at the parade!!

 

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Ziva, I would hug that sweet little neck of yours if I could reach you!  You Go Girl!

And, Dad,  Having to trust in the training to think she'll be cool with it!  And she was! I know you were proud again! Ziva proves herself again and again.  I sure hope I can get Leo there someday. So much of their training is for their own safety.

Last night on the news here in Texas a man tried to recover a counterfeit $50 bill when it was discovered by the checker.  She wouldn't let him have it back, and he became rather aggressive and went behind the counter; trying I suppose to regain it for another attempt at passing the bill for another purchase.  A vet in a wheel chair tried to intervene and eventually lunged from his wheel chair to tackle the man. In the background you could see people standing around with their purchases in their hands (and looking somewhat inconvenienced-at the convenience store) waiting to be waited on! 

Man, I miss America!

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Ziva's Dad~~~ You are a HERO!! SO grateful to have people like you that will actually do something beside stand by and watch.. Ziva is her daddy's girl and did her job as well.

PROUD of both of you!!

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bbroyles - that is just nuts!! but people aren't trained for action here, they are trained for gawking.

 

And Ziva -- she just showed you that when you need her to do what you've been working on, she will.  They are smart!! I'm sure she could sense your tension and wouldn't have left your side for anything.

 

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By jeshykai: And Ziva -- she just showed you that when you need her to do what you've been working on, she will.  They are smart!! I'm sure she could sense your tension and wouldn't have left your side for anything.

You know, I think you're right about that.  She sensed the tension of the situation and knew that I was worried about something. These dogs are so 'in tune' to their owners, and so loyal, she let that override her reaction to run when things seemed chaotic.  I am more convinced than ever that Dobermans are the best dogs in the world. 


I used to be a volunteer fireman, and had first responder training, so jumping in to help someone in need was a knee-jerk reflex.  I know that some people just dont know what to do, and think it's better to do nothing than to do something wrong, but I would have thought when I dropped the leash someone could have grabbed it before several minutes went by and finally someone walking up the street that saw what was going on noticed that she was standing there by herself with a leash attached and picked it up.  Whatever,  it all turned out well.

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2 paws uo to you and Ziva!!!

Kudos to you for the time and effort that YOU put into Ziva to make her the dog she is and will be . Kudos to Ziva for being as obedient and patient as she was in an extraordinary situation .

Probably the only reason that she moved three feet was that she was pushed over by a gawker trying to get a better seat at the show .

Around my house that would have been a 2 Sonic burger day .

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Way to go! It amazes me how no one helps each other these days....and how awesome of Ziva to be a wonderful example of how all your hard teamwork has payed off! Being the mom of a Shiba Inu, I have never had the pleasure of being able to tell Dexter to stay and letting go of his leash without having chase afterwards, lol. So excited to know that Dobes are capable of listening ^.^