Some terrible photographer dropped in on Barb & Sydney’s AKC class last night. Robert can attest to the fact that everyone is just so pleasant there. I have never seen so many scowls directed at a well-behaved dog before! (Note to self—remember to change camera settings. Shooting dogs indoors is not the same as shooting deer at dusk.)
There were three trainers in this tiny fenced-in area. Two almost always had eyes on THAT GSD. Kudos to Barb for having the patience of getting nagged to death and doing what is best for her dog…bring out the ball!
Which is better? A dog being led with food at their lips and handler bent over, or a dog focused on its handler?
How about a nasty-looking spoon in front of the dog’s nose? There’s that crazy GSD and her ball. “THAT DOG is obsessed with THAT BALL.” “YOU should use food.”
Huh—she looks pretty calm to me.
Syd was calm and well focused.
Does Syd look like she requires two trainers “on standby” to you? Each dog took a turn going around the group, including Syd. She maintained complete focus throughout the exercise.
Syd had to remain sitting in this circle while Barb walked to the other end of the building and back. This was repeated a few times. The first trainer had such a grip on Syd that it almost made me laugh. She was ready for her to bolt at any second! Syd never moved a muscle—all three times!
GREAT WORK, Barb & Sydney!!!