I'm Pat, and the very proud owner of the most gorgeous (well, I think
so) eighteen month old Border Collie, called Hollie.
For the past fifteen months, Hollie and I have been going to obedience
classes, to learn how to behave. At first, I was very apprehensive,
more so than the puppy, and had no idea of what I was letting myself in
for. But, after a few weeks, my confidence started to grow and I thought
"yes, I can do this ".
Well, Hollie soon brought me back to earth and with a big bump. In one
week, she totally destroyed all the confidence I had built up. She would
not even do the basic sit, when commanded, and made a complete fool of
me in front of the whole class. I burst into tears and would have given
her to the first person who passed, no, I rephrase that, I would have
paid money to that first person to take her off my hands.
Now, reading this, you must be thinking "right, no way am I doing
that.... ", but what I didn't realize was that everyone in the class was
in the same situation. We all have 'off' days with our dogs and
sometimes even despair of them. Then, in class, they'll do something so
perfectly, that the trainer uses you and your dog to demonstrate the
exercise. At times like this the feeling of achievement is boundless,
like a lot of the dogs in the hall, when let off their leads.
For me, obedience classes have more than paid off. I can take Hollie
anywhere, and I do mean anywhere, playgrounds, towns, parks, even a pub
garden, where she will lay quietly, while I have a meal, in the
knowledge that I, and not Hollie, am in full control of any situation
that may arise.
Looking back, had anyone told me that Hollie would have gained the
Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Award and won eight
Companion Dog Show rosettes, some of them firsts, for beauty and other
talents, I would never have believed it.
Oh,yes, and Companion Dog Shows is another pastime we've
discovered..... go to Home Page for details.
So, come on all you folk out there, no matter what age your dog or what
breed..... oh, yes, they can ALL do it.... why not give obedience
classes a try. It's good fun and brings a great deal of satisfaction,
when you can keep control of your dog.
And lastly, if I can manage it, anyone can, even you, honest.