Sunday, May 1, 2011

Crowd Pleaser

Riley and I drove three hours to an obedience trial in Tennessee yesterday.  And then drove three hours home.  Six hours of driving for a less than fifteen minute obedience performance.  Why the heck do I do this?  Actually, I am not sure either.  Pure insanity. 

No, we had a lot of fun.  It was Riley's debut at Open level and this was an excellent environment for her first time out.  The trial setting was small and quiet.  It was a one ring trial rather than multiple rings side by side with action happening all around.  And I love the matting.  It is very cushy for those three and five minute stays.

Riley did not disappoint her fans and was quite the crowd pleaser.  We received applause, cheering, and so many nice compliments.  People love to see a happy hound since they are thought to be hard to train and not popular for obedience traditionally.  Unfortunately, we did not qualify, but I was thrilled with Riley nonetheless.  The two errors were no biggie and we will do better next time.
I was also very pleased that Riley held her three minute, out of sight, sit stay (meaning the handlers leave the room).  Long sit stays are the one thing I hate to ask my greyhounds to do.  In training, I always highly reward and jackpot long sit stays.  However, at a trial the reward for a three minute sit stay is a five minute down stay. Of course, I jackpot Riley after both stays are completed and we leave the ring, but I prefer for her to know that the sit stay is of utmost importance. Heck, we rarely ever practice down stays and never for five minutes... that is boring.
All in all, it was an excellent Open obedience debut.

19 comments:

Anne said...

lovely to see :-)

jet said...

that is because she is exceedingly cute! I love how she bounces around to the finish position :D the down on the recall was really good too cos she was getting into a gallop! the audience probably didn't think she could stop

gyeong said...

Congrats! Glad Riley is out there dispelling the myth that Greyhounds can't do obedience.

Cat said...

Go Riley!!

IHeartDogs said...

It is so cute to see how excited and happy she is working with you! That happy little tail wagging; she is irresistible :)

Better luck next time qualifying.

Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

She's so happy and excited! I just love that. Summit is the same way when we go to class. He does the same sort of jumping/bouncing on his finish. Watching you guys makes me think maybe I will continue on to more serious obedience with Summit.

Kathie R said...

Jennifer, that was awesome! Love, love, love the attitude and the left finish!!! So much fun to watch.

Amy / Layla the Malamute said...

I LOVE the video!

I like the little commentary bubbles.

It was so cool to hear the comments from the spectators. Riley got several "wow!"'s!

Her attitude is adorable!

I really loved watching it - thanks for posting!!

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

That was so awesome to watch:) She's such a happy little worker and the crowd did appreciate it! Riley is going to be a big star!

4-legged Wiums said...

that was awesome to watch :) so cool seing a hound so happy to do obedience, and to be doing it so well and changing the way people percieve greyhounds :)

Muttsandaklutz said...

What a happy hound! I *love* her hoppity finish.

Sandy ~~~ said...

Wow...very good!

Glad to see you are doing a "to heel" on just the one side. When I showed my English and Gordon Setters they went around behind me...that is what the teacher taught those of us with bigger dogs(25 years ago!) But this weekend I was taught to take Creel around on just one side and it was awkward...he didn't want to be lured that way. I guess we will keep on trying. It's all simply academic until I can someday get a sit from him....have no success so far..grrrrr.

jcp said...

Riley is such an absolute JOY to watch. She looks so happy!

Aragon greyhounds said...

Great attention and work ethic. I knew she had it in her!!

Maria Peters said...

Made my morning! Love her springy-ness!

Swellbelle said...

Have just discovered your blog and I LOVE it. We have a retired brindle racer and she is loved to death. She is no where near as obedient as your greyhounds but she is one of two poorly trained dogs in our house.

So impressed with the energy and fantastic training your dogs exhibit. Thank you.

golfgreen said...

way too cute!! & to get such a warm reaction in an obedience trial is awesome. Way to go Riles!

Katie said...

She's a riot to watch. I wish more dogs (of ALL breeds) showed that much enthusiasm and pure joy in the obedience ring.

greytblackdog said...

I love the pic of her laying between two chew toys - I mean little dogs. She is so focused. I think you get cheers because she is so proud of herself when she is done that you can't help but cheer for her.