DISCLAIMER: The above post is the opinionated and biased view of your's truly, Lonnie Spann, and is in no way intended to reflect the opinions or views of the unfortunate individuals named below who just happen to be doomed with guilt by association.
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My little black dog gets a glazed over look in his eyes and I know we are done if I can't snap him out of it.
If I can't - he goes on a nice fun run making it look to the judges like he just missed the mark and is putting on a nice hunt. But he and I know he is just having a nice jaunt and has no intention of finding it, or being handled to it.
All that seems to work is to getting him all happy and try to get him to focus on me. Worked at the MN 2X and got the pass, but man does he drive me crazy.
"Too late smart, too soon old" - Now I finally get it Grandpa
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Ragin' Charge of the Light Brigade "Cannon"
I've experienced the crack effect. I thought I had a different dog with me as we approached the line with an energy level I've never seen in him. Couldn't hardly contain him in the holding blinds but chalked it up to the fact we didn't train a single day the week before the test as I was consumed with work that week. We were running Senior and he hit the marks and I handled him to his blind but he was obviously out of his mind and the Judge said just honor on lead if you won't mind and let's say it's train ability. I said no problem I understand , rather awkwardly .
It wasn't till I returned to the truck due to the fact my dogs ride in the cab until I kennel them in the back, that I realized what had just happened. My dog was all wound up and had ripped open 2 bottles of sweetened Ice tea and consumed them. I'd just taken my dog to the line on a sugar high you can only imagine. He's a high energy dog to start with and now it was like he'd taken rocket fuel. It might have well been crack because I couldn't tell the difference. One for the memory
books but at least I knew it wasn't train ability.
I have a female that does the bewitched thing. If she comes out of the box with her nose twitching from side to side like Bewitched...get ready because she's gonna show you things that you didn't think were possible!
I like the title but I'm likely to be in mourning the day after the test.
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I had a friend whose dog would sometimes stop on the sit whistle, sit promptly then start wagging her tail very quickly. When she did that my friend knew she was done for the day. The wagging tail was much the same gesture as the individual finger. Sure I'll sit for you but that will be all you'll get out of me.
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