Yesterday, while the neighborhood children were trooping back to school, Fudge and I decided it was time to start brushing up on our moves for the upcoming Rally trial.
This is Fudgie's school bag. You can see from the dust on the bag that we haven't used it in months. During the winter and spring I occasionally tested him with a command thrown out. He likes doing this stuff and always tried to do whatever I told him to do.
Inside his bag are his training collar, his short leash, a treat bag and some designer poop bags. I usually carry a few other things such as my cell phone, my rally cards with the explanation of all the moves and whatever else I might need.
When he saw that I had his bag, he got all excited. I set up a course in the garage and we did a trial run. I was impressed how much he remembered. He knew all the difficult moves and did them perfectly. He was a little too bouncy on his 'heel', but that was first day of class excitement.
Then we tried the move where we messed up so badly last year. It's a simple move, a 'down-stay' while I walk around him. Each time we tried it, he did the same thing. He rolled over, then jumped up in the air. That's exactly what he did in front of the judge last year to get us disqualified. I guess I know what we have to work on.