I awoke at 5:40 this morning. I was still tired from our late night last night. I evidently was not alone. The table was quiet this morning as well as the others. We fed the dogs and did obedience immediately after breakfast. Routes were done after that. We started out toward the Freedom Trail. However, Joe quickly stopped. I did the ground check. Uh, nothing. I started to say forward, but remembered to do the hand in the air check. Ah, a banner stretched across the way. Next he stopped and I found a large hose piled on the sidewalk. He then found some cones down the sidewalk a ways. He missed the dipping curb with dirt at the bottom. I said Watch curb and did a round about command and walked back a short distance. We round about again. When we went forward again, he caught the curb and I did a really good praise. We went forward and walked the Freedom trail through the garden and past the gazebo and out to the other side. We did a find the planter from a different direction before. He found it with no problem. Good party held there. We finished the courses doing a few more obstacles.
After lunch, we did the route again, but Joe did not do quite as well, nor did Shotzie with Mitzi. The cement was just too hot for them. We got them to do the obstacles and then got out of the sun.
After cooling them off, we fed them. We were free until 4:30. I gave Joe a rest and then we played with a Kong. Joe loved it. He mostly wanted to chew it today. I let him and rubbed on him. I put on my audio tape and listened to a murder mystery as I rubbed him.
Kate knocked and opened the door (because I can’t hear the knock and I know she knocked) and said lecture in 5 mins. I turned the tape off and gathered up Joe and made my sit/heel way up to the day room. We went over the over around command which is stop for obstacle/take a step back so the dog can choose the safest route around/follow dog checking for curb if dog stops again. If he finds a curb, praise him and go forward down the curb. Give him the direction (opposite of the way you went around the obstacle) left left or right right and then find the curb. Praise him and say forward to get back in alignment after the obstacle. We talked about dangers such as traffic when in the street if that was the safest way to go, etc. Then it was supper. We have 2 new people in class. They are only here for a few days for some reason. One is a friend of Chris’ who is a executive of a large software company. I have been asked not to say. Well, that just shows that some people talk a lot to look important and then others talk a lot, but are important.
After supper, we were free. I checked e-mail and talked to Scott for a while. I retired to the room for more floor time and book reading until it was time to shower and get to bed. We have an early day at DTC again. Well, new routes and adventures tomorrow. Good night.