As many of you may remember I got my little Eddie almost a year ago after having my 13 year old Cruiser put down after his kidneys failed. He was donated to the rescue program at the prison where I worked and went thru obedience training, socialization and an AKC course called canine good citizenship. Anyway, on my travels this winter I had problems with him whenever he was around other dogs and he was a lot at many of the cgs where I stayed. Someone told me that his breed (border terrier) required lots of exercise so I thought maybe agility training would be good for him. I checked the online info for a local training place and requirements for agility classes are that the dog get along with other dogs. Once I got home I checked further and decided the best bet was a package deal of 4 classes. I have never actually trained a dog in my life so I signed up for basic obedience. I walked into the first class 6 weeks ago and the trainer says "this looks just like a dog I worked with at the prison" I told her he was that dog and she reminded me that he knew all this stuff. She often used him for the demo and he performed perfectly in class. At home when we practiced, not so much, but I did learn how to get him to do several things. Today we had our "graduation" and we had several exercises where the dogs earned points for being the first to complete or had the best time. One of the tasks was having them come when called even when toys were strewn in their path. Also, they went through a series of agility equipment for best time. Eddie did great and actually earned the most "points" and an extra prize for doing so. I came home and told my son about how well he had done and how he especially did well in "coming when called" and caled him "champion." We go outside to do some yard work, with Eddie. The dog wanders off to eat weeds and I go get his tie out chain so I can mow the grass. I try calling him several times so I can tie him up and he just ignores me. My son says "Yeah, Mom, look at your "champion."
Sarcasm really is an inherited trait.