Dog show was fun. I get stressed about it and I dunno why. I bought some Rescue Remedy from Whole
The first day, when I called Toe to come to me, he sat at the other end of the arena with his ears perked like, "Really? Me?!" and he stayed there. I had to call him a second time which disqualified us but he did everything else... his stand for exam, the sit and down stay etc. He got lots of praise and treats when it was all over!
The second day he decided he couldn't sit in the ring.
I stopped walking while he was heeling and he's supposed to sit but instead he stood looking up at me. He came running when I called him and instead of sitting in front of me, he stood. And when I gave him the finish command where he goes to heel position he did it but remained standing and looking up at me. Those were all points off, not anything enough to flunk. Funny, because in the stand for exam, he fell in love with the judge - began wiggling his whole body so hard - and he sat to look adoringly up at her. The only time he sat in the ring and that sit disqualified us.
Today his heeling was ugliest of all.... (hey, it's good to know what we need to work on!) and he stood for exam, came when called, did his sit stay and down stay to earn a leg, or score, toward his novice obedience title. Score of 173.5 out of 200. Yay Toe!
My nerves settled way down after the first day - I relaxed, enjoyed doing something with my little dog and I had a lot of fun talking with other people about their dogs....
Of course when Toe didn't do well, after we left the ring, I could "shoot" him. He plays dead with great enthusiasm and accuracy. Told ya we we'd be a comedy act! Las Vegas here we come...