Friday, April 03, 2009

Stand by me

When Oscar and I start competing in Rally, at the upper levels, he's going to have to "stand" on command. I'm pretty sure the odds of this happening are as likely as those of him baking me a cake on command.

The dog does not stand. He wiggles and shimmies and jumps and bounces and prances and paces and dances and wags and bounds and leaps and... he does not stand.

Here's an example of Oscar in our yard. This is a very typical day, he'd already been out a few times, and he's burnt off the top edge of energy, perhaps, definitely not amped up at all.

the commands he's given are
a) "c'mere" which just means... well, get near me, I don't really care about details
b) "heel", which is a position on my left side,
c) "come" which is come to a seated position directly in front of me
d) "finish" which means go to a heel position by crossing behind me right to left and
e) "jump" which he taught himself and apparently means "pretend you're a pit bull on a pogo stick."

I have no idea how I'm going to get this dog to stand calmly. I guess I'll have to stop giving him prozac as training treats.


Blogger dragon knitter said...

hey woman. i saw this postand thought of you!

sorry about the long link.

i hate breed specific legislation

10:33 PM  
Blogger RC said...

I loves him! such a sweetheart... give big sloppy kisses from me!

8:32 AM  
Blogger Martha said...

Good luck to you & Oscar!!!

12:21 PM  
Anonymous k said...

Good grief, he is awfully calm in that video. Is he sick again? (bounce, bounce, bounce....)

12:38 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

My favorite part is where you say it was a lousy finish, and he instantly wiggles his butt into a straighter alignment. God, he's wonderful.

7:18 PM  
Blogger Amie said...

K - YES!!! He IS sick!!! We're going to the vet soon because he's showing symptoms similar to his pneumonia last year!!!

(I bet you thought you were joking, though :D)

7:21 PM  
Blogger dragon knitter said...

i double checked, and this link does work. sorry about that.

10:57 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

I took my frenchie to conformation handling classes to learn and practice the stand. (drop in's)It worked like a charm. Good luck!!

5:18 PM  
Blogger Amie said...

Unfortunately, he gets hyper in classes. No, I'm not kidding. Y'all ain't see nothing yet. Classes are for practicing skills, he doesn't do well at learning brand new things in them.

5:39 PM  

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