Tuesday Thoughts: Chili Again, and Doggie School

Saturday was the 33rd annual Massachusetts State Cook Off. The BaldMan was Chief Judge, and I was Scorekeeper, as we have been for the past several years. It was a lousy day. So lousy that we decided not to bring Lambeau, even though this is one he could have gone to, and put him in daycare instead. It was a good decision. We had rain, thunder, and lightning, with the rain in real downpours at times. And, while Lambeau is not quite full-on terrified of storms, he is uncomfortable during them and I didn’t want to risk him getting more afraid from being outside while it was happening. Of course, the weather did impact the crowd at the cook off, which is too bad. There was a break in the storm in the early afternoon and there were a good number of people there during that time. The organizer said he figured they would at least break even. And one really lousy day in 33 years isn’t all that bad.

Last night was Lambeau’s fifth Beginner Attention class. He has gotten better over these five weeks. I was even able to take him out of his pen for some heel work. He was a bit distracted by the other dogs in the Obedience class in the other ring, but overall, he is much better than he was when we started. He was easier to keep focused while our instructor walked around, stopped, talked, and did other things to distract him. He still loses his focus at times, but he’s a lot better at staying with me and not wanting to tear off after the other dogs for a play session. Our instructor said he has improved a lot since the beginning, which is nice to hear. We have one more week to go, and then we will do the Advanced Attention class. I think this has helped him a lot, and I’m glad we decided to take this class.

Otherwise, things are quiet and nothing much exciting is going on. And that, for the most part, is a good thing, right?


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