This is what I do with Andretti;
27inches of fun.
We call it “Over!”
First we tell him “over”, he goes over the jump. Then we tell him “take it”, and he grabs the dumbell, then we tell him “over” and he brings the dumbell back over the jump.
Dumbell fun, Take It and Over, together!
Andretti is awesome wicked smart, coming and going.
You should see him take these at speed (like an agility course, it’s amazing)
We train a lot of Open stuff, even though we haven’t gotten a leg in Novice yet. He likes the open stuff much better than stupid boring heeling and recalls. He loves his articles and gloves (selective retrieving) He’s only competed once in Obedience so far, he broke his down-stay. By a fraction of a second. But it was enough to No Score him for the entire run. He’s got all of his Rally titles, he needs two legs left to finish his Rally Excellent title.
So yeah, this is what I do with The Andretti every Monday night. I hope to have his CD title in Obedience by the end of this year, then go on to Open, and eventually Utility. I think there’s only ever been, like, a handful of Utility greyhounds. That would be so cool. All the dogs who do well in obedience are like, Border collies, Golden Retrievers, Shelties, blah blah blah. But I got a dog that DOESN’T live to please me, so getting those titles will be extra sweet, cuz damn, it’s a lot of time, work and money. But hey, who’s hobby isn’t?
Oh, and by the way, there are perfectly practical applications for every piece of obedience work he’s mastered. He can back up on command when we’re in a store and the turning is too tight, he sits and down stays for as long as I want him to where ever I take him, he heels tight to my leg in crowds. He stands like a statue while I do whatever I need to do in a store, or he will sit or down stay in a corner while I do whatever. He can pivot left and right 360 degrees without moving a rear foot, for when there’s no room to turn around somewhere. He can jump over fences/barriers that I clamber or step over, on command, no need to find a gate or someplace he can squeeze thru. He heels extra slow or extra fast right next to my leg when I ask him to, great for street crossings and crowds. He doesn’t pull on the leash, he sits when we stop moving (hello, traffic lights/crosswalks) He pivots left or right tight to my leg, again, great in crowds. He “takes it” when I hand him something, and will deliver it to someone else. Hello….beer? Duh. It’s not all about competition, it’s about having a reliable, safe and useful Andretti! Because of his awesome obedience skillz, he is usually welcome in every store I go into, and has won over many dog hesitant shop owners. He has been asked to return by countless proprietors, and he’s completely wonderful with strangers and children handling him. He makes me very proud, he is such a wonderfully tempered and obedient boy. He is my heart.