Rafe went to Omaha for the fun match, and I think I
got what I wanted.
He had four hours of exposure to lots of new dogs, new
people, dog show sounds, other dogs working in the
ring, people dropping food all over, etc. We had to
wait a long time–about fall show season here, so many
people were signed up–and that gave him plenty of
opportunity to get tired.
In the ring, what I got was forging and anticipation,
including anticipation on the recall. I think I am
very happy with that. Apart from work, he is having
fun and kissing as many people (and dogs) as possible.
Today he got invited to go to the Montessori
pre-school for “dog month” in October. It should be