Well, I did it. I sent in Fudge's entry form for the Rally Obedience Trial next month. I don't know if he's ready and I'm sure I'm not, but we're going to do it anyway.
We hadn't practiced in a couple weeks while I was sick, but we have started again. He seems to like the practice sessions, at least he likes the treats. Wait till he finds out there are no treats at the trial.
I've broken this rally stuff down into it's components. We have 'heel', 'sit', 'down', 'stand' and 'stay'. Everything is just a variety of these five moves. If we can do those five moves, we should be able to get through the course.
Maybe it would help if I cut his bangs. Seeing could be an advantage, or with Fudge, maybe not. If he sees something more interesting, it might be all over.
Tomorrow I'm asking Dr Nicki for some clarification on a few of the signs. Then more practice on the deck and in the garage. I would never have expected Fudge to be my first obedience dog.
Is this the face of a winner? I think so.