Tuesday, July 19, 2011

That Sucked!

Riley Greyhound and I headed up to Tennessee for another obedience trial. It was definitely not worth six hours of driving round trip. It turns out that Riley is quite picky about the flooring. After a couple of sits, she simple would not sit anymore.  I eventually stopped asking for them as I did not want to practice being ignored.  The bright side is that her attitude was very good and she was happy.  So here is a nice video of us totally sucking!
One person outside the ring offered a suggestion.  She thought that I might be confusing Riley with my stand signal and stay hand signal.  I cue a stand with my left hand and because this was a problem for us in the past, I cue my stays with my right hand.  This strategy eliminated the confusion.  We have not practiced Novice exercises in awhile (including stands) so maybe I was getting sloppy.  However, thanks to the video, I can confirm that I am still cuing her correctly and that it is quite obvious she is avoiding.

Luckily, the judge excused us from doing sit and down stays.  There was no way we would have succeeded so I would not have done them anyway, but it was nice to have the judge's blessing as it is bad manners to just duck out.

So dang it! Greyhound sits are already hard enough. I certainly do not want to cause her any discomfort.  Lengthy sit stays are already very difficult for Riley so I am not going to start a fight and insist that she sit stay on a floor she does not even want to sit for 3 seconds on.  Unfortunately, most of our obedience trials are held indoors, on concrete, with thin matting.  It appears to me that if the matting has any texture at all, she does not like it. Fun, fun.

10 comments:

BrittBeah said...

She really looks like she got her dose of caffine that day. Look at her bouncing everywhere. Did I hear our camera woman say 'oh don't be a beagle'? LOL that made me laugh even more.

jcp said...

Cute.. (I bet you hate that I said that) :) ..

Ximena said...

I love how happy Riley is, despite her quite obvious disdain for the flooring. I showed one of your (ha, non-sucky, lol) trial videos to my mom, because we used to have a rescue grey, too, and she was in tears because the bouncy happiness was so precious. :)

lol the beagle line had me reeling. hahahhah.

Jennifer H. said...

Ohh my goodness her attitude is freaking ADORABLE!!! I could seriously watch her all day. I am sorry about the no sitting...that does suck!

Falkor had an issue with some different matting at a Rally Trial. It was black and very textured and the minute he stepped foot on it he went flat to his belly and tried to crawl around the ring. Yeah that was fun too.

Angela J. said...

Not that my three are anywhere near as well trained as your greys, but there are certain places I can't get them to sit either, like gravel or wet grass. Not sure why, since their behinds don't touch it anyway, LOL.

houndstooth said...

She definitely had enthusiasm, but it almost looked like the sit was uncomfortable for her. I got the impression that she knew what you were asking of her, but was just trying to placate you by offering other things instead at times. It's hard to say, though, since I don't know her as well as you. She reminded me a bit of Bunny there, and her sits always seem uncomfortable to me, too. Our others haven't really seemed to have trouble with it, but she seems to. Of course, it seems to be a much worse problem if we're on concrete instead of, say, carpet! lol That beagle line is hilarious!

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

I wish I could offer some insight. It certainly looked like Riley knew she should be sitting and wanted to but also didn't want to. But you have to smile at her attitude and wagging tail:) Good luck finding a fix!

Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

Summit does the same thing with hard floors... hardwood, tile... and also on certain matting. Maybe it's too thin, I never really figured it out. Riley still looked awesome though, minus the sits. She definitely looked uncomfortable, and had this expression like she really wanted to do what she was told and just couldn't.

Witty Angel said...

Thank you for sharing this video. I have just been amazed at how well your greys perform in their other videos, but it is nice to see that they share the same quirks as my own. I always go into the obedience ring with a big smile because I know my greyhound is either going to be a goofball or surprise me with a good performance.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

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