June 20, 2014
Tammy's agenda for our training session includes the monthly topics we need to cover: STAY and TRAFFIC. Needless to say, we won't be doing much work with traffic on the inside. But we can work on STAY.
|No problem here with STAY. FLD Andie has it down!|
The guys are eager to show us what they've planned for next month's "Puppy Days" celebration.
|ARUS Rob (left) and Matt (right) hold up the banner for July's "Puppy Days" celebration.|
Tammy had charged the teams with figuring out a routine with the puppies to show off their skills. The men re-imagined the relaxation protocol, adding distractions such as dribbling basketballs, running and clapping, stepping over the puppies while in a down position, recalls and more. They ask Tammy to read each step as they perform the almost-military-drill for us.
We are impressed.
|FLD Drummond (foreground), FLD August (behind), and FLD Bandit (right) hold a down position with bouncing ball distractions.|
|FLD Drummond looks up at his handler...|
|...he seems bored with all the commotion.|
|The puppies hold still even while the men step over them.|
|Whoops! The racing labs during the recall pull FLD Granite out of his "down."|
We are so proud of the teams and all their hard work.