Do you all remember when I was convinced that not only would Maggie hate me forever, but that she would also never be potty trained, or anything trained?
I just have to brag on this girl. She's come so far. 2020 has been a terrible year, but she still managed to get her first obedience title. Beginner Novice. I was really unsure about it, because in BN the dog does a sit/stay and the handler (me) moves 6 feet to the end of the leash and then the judge moves in and touches the dog's head. The dog has to stay sitting while this happens and not appear shy or resentful. As far as Maggie has come, she's still my girl and she doesn't love having strangers touch her.
But we practiced and practiced and she did it in 3/3 tries. The second and third trials were at my kennel club and I had volunteered to help so when I was at lunch with the Judge a couple days before the trial I had laughed and said I didn't know how she would do with that, and it may be my donation to the club. So during the third trial, he examined her and as I was walking back he laughed and told me that she had leaned in and put her head in his hand. Talk about a proud moment.
I did not know, when Maggie came to live with me, that she would compete like this. It's something I've always wanted to do, but especially in the beginning I thought I would just be lucky if she didn't pee on the carpet. But she thrives on training. She puts her head up and she trots like a show dog. She needed a job. And we are such a good team now. She pats my leg and I feed her cookies. I'm very well trained. It's not about the titles or the ribbons (but I really love the ribbons!) It's about building that bond and enriching her life, and having more than just a couch dog.
Rescue dogs can do amazing things!
I Still Believe In Magic - Maggie CGC, BN, RN, TKN