As promised, here are pictures and the tale of my misadventure at my obedience graduation class. I'm a bit embarrassed to tell you actually...
The day started early. Mom and I headed out with Gramma at 7.30 am to the obedience school. I was behaving quite well, sitting quietly in my crate. When we reached there, I got a bit excited...what's this? Lots of new friends! Unfortunately, Mom wouldn't let me mingle. The instructor said that it's better not to mingle before the exam because if any of the candidates break their stay exercise, I may want to follow suit in thinking that it's play time. *pouts*
Mom took me aside for some warm ups...we did a bit of heel work, recall, sit stay and down stay. All worked well...I loved the treats Mom and Gramma made me (cubed hotdogs fried with a little butter and garlic...YUMMM!) After that, we got a briefing from the examiner about the route for the heel work. Mom seems to be fine...I could sense her nervousness but she's still encouraging. We were third in line for the heel work.
As we were waiting for our turn, I can't seem to stand the smell of new doggies! They all look so eager to play, and so am I! But Mom wouldn't have it....*pouts* She made me sit, but I still managed to get good looks at the new faces around.
Then, we got the call! It's our turn!
This is when the 'fun' starts...I started to not pay attention, even though Mom kept trying to get me to 'Watch'. Sorry Mom. You didn't give me my treat! Plus, I saw a pretty little lady right at the other side of the ring...oh no!
Uh oh...I lost my focus on Mom. She kept calling me, and couldn't come back to get me (because points are majorly deducted for going back to the doggy in exam)! I was too enamoured with the calling of the new friend. He seemed so fun! And then..."Thank you very much", said my instructor (Code for: I'm sorry, you have failed this exercise!). Mom was so sad....
After that, there's a 'Stand Stay' exercise, where I had to stand and had Mom leave me at a distance while the calling steward walks around me. Points were deducted if I moved while the steward is walking. Mom said I moved when she left me...but I managed to stop myself at one step.
Next, we had a 'Recall' exercise, where I had to stay while Mom left me at about 20 feet. Then she has to call me, and I had to run to her and sit at her feet all in a straight line. Usually, I do this SOOOO well coz I can't wait to get those yummy treats! But today, I didn't come....*gasp* I was looking at the doggy behind me again (he was calling me again!) and didn't hear Mom's call....in fact, she had to call me numerous times before I heard her and ran to her...in a curved line. Oh dear! (Sorry, there were no pictures for these exercises. I don't know why though...Gramma was the designated photographer for today!)
Here are all my fellow classmates before the exercises! From left to right: Wei Wei(toy Poodle), Hwang Hwang(Golden Retriever), Zara(mixed breed), ME, James(Pug) and Darlie(Dalmatian).