In preparation for Dog Fest, we got up early this morning, went for a short run, and ate a quick breakfast. Well, actually these are the things we do every weekend. But we were already anticipating the Dog Den's Canine Good Citizen demonstration this afternoon. They asked and we volunteered to participate even though Monte has not yet passed the CGC test.
The Dog Den has been so kind to help us out with Monte's obedience training. Hopefully, we won't make them look bad.
Unable to attend the practice session, we were assigned Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead). I knew this would be the most difficult task for our puppy. The trainers must have based the assignment on Monte's behavior in class. Without all the distractions, he walks very well and is focused.
In the real world, outside of class, we struggle with this behavior. And Dog Fest is real world stimulation on steroids - hundreds of canines in various states of excitement.
As we entered the "ring", I knew I was in trouble. Monte was hearing me, but not paying attention. Not using the pronged collar, I struggled to quickly gain his attention. As you can tell from the photos, the lead is not loose and Monte is not focused on me. He did look at me a few times during our walk. Not a perfect example, but under the circumstances, he did good.
After a long day, our lovable, excitable fifteen month old dog is resting comfortably.