These are the chronicles of two Shetland Sheepdogs and their adventures in rally-o, obedience, flyball, agility, tracking and therapy dog work.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Outdoor Obedience Practice

One of the trials this weekend is being held outdoors. Last summer, most of my training was outdoors. But plans were a bit different this year so we have been doing most of our training at an indoor facility. So in preparation for the many and varied outdoor distractions, I took the boys over to a nearby parking lot to work on some outdoor obedience practice. A school field backs onto this parking lot, so I thought it would be a good place to hone our skills.

Starting with some long sits and downs (see the school play ground full of children in the background?). In case you are wondering, I do normally train stays with the leashes off. But with all the kids around and it being an active (though empty at the moment) parking lot, I didn't want to take any chances, so left the leashes on this time around.

As I was standing silently, mentally willing the boys to keep their sits, I glanced down at the ground and lo and behold ... a PENNY! A very tarnished, but potentially lucky penny! It's a sign ... I'll have to remember to stick this in my pocket before the trials this weekend!

Next was some heel work. And as we were heeling along, I began to think to myself that I see an awful lot of the boys from an upside down viewpoint! Granted, I think I have a better view than they do!

After a job well done, the boys earned themselves a quick romp in the soccer field!

They ran out ...

They ran in ...

And they ran round and round and round!


Bree/Reilly said...

I will have my paws crossed for you guys....I hope the trials go super well for you and it looks like you doing very well and that romp on the soccer field looked like so much fun.

the Corgi Girls said...

Hope it is a lucky penny! I love the pics of the boys looking up at you, such happy kiddos!


Amber-Mae said...

Hi there guys! Nice to met cha & welcome to Dogs With Blogs! Oooh, it's sooo great to meet other friends who share the same interests as I do. Okay, I HATE OB but I oh so love Flyball! Good luck at the trials guys!

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Ludo van puppy said...

Love the upside down pics. I'm finding your blog so useful. I'm off to make some of the fish cakes now.
(Ludo's mum)

Gussie said...

Good luck! We're all for training with distractions, accidental or planned. :-) Know what you mean about the views from up-high. The other view I always seem to see a lot of is Jake's backside vanishing at high speed ...

Samantha said...

Hi, thanks for visiting our blog.

Great photo's of your two handsome boys.

You reminded me of the good luck saying when finding a penny.
I hope it brings you lots of luck!

Tatum Tot said...

Running round and round looks like tons of fun! The staying looks boring, and I let the Mum here know that, I don't like to stay!

Don't forget your cool new lucky penny!


It sure looks like you had fun. Go luck at the trails. We are sure they will find you innocent.

Essex & Deacon

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