Last night was graduation night for the Intermediate class at PetSmart. As we all know, our beloved B's take obedience as kind of an afterthought, so when the instructor said there'd be contests to see who was best behaved, well…my hopes were not high.
First contest - how long can your dog remain in a sit or stay without breaking it when you are out of sight. She-Ra set the mark by holding position for a whopping 2.8 seconds! That's not really that good in case you were wondering. What can I say...she loves her daddy! One dog remained in place for like 5 and a half minutes!
However, the second contest was standing for inspection. You had to stand your dog and have them remain motionless while someone else (the instructor) examined them by running their hands over them, looking at teeth and ears (think what you see at Westminster or other Dog shows). Every dog broke formation at least once except one...our She-Ra. She stayed in position and let that instructor check out everything like it was dog show time! It wasn't even a contest for the other dogs.
The last contest was pretty rough for her as well...while walking the dog you have to sit her while continuing to walk, then call her to catch up to you. That pretty much wasn't happening, although the instructor said it's not something you'll commonly use as much as if you'd stopped yourself and stayed her. She-Ra's not a sitter...at least not unless there's a treat involved!
At the end of the day, we voted on most improved dog, and She-Ra again took top billing! We were so proud of her, and she got a great squeak toy and a bag of treats for a reward! Her favorite prize was the pig hoof the instructor gave out, though.
We've been talking obedience training on several forums lately so I wanted to take a moment to give PetSmart some praise. It's mostly about finding the right instructor, but we really hit the mark with ours. If you've ever considered trying it, it's well worth the money to do it.