Well, I have been doing lots of training and practice in the last few weeks for today…my doggie dancing demo!
Mostly, my human, Hsin-Yi, has been doing trainings with me in the park on my daily walks…but she also found a very nice Obedience club for us to join. It is called the Metropolitan Dog Obedience Club and they are very nice and friendly there and don’t mind that I am not a Border Collie or German Shepherd or other working breed.
Hsin-Yi was very happy to find a friendly obedience club which welcomes “different” doggies because she was very upset back in Auckland when she heard some people at our obedience club there saying nasty things about me being big & slow and that my Heeling was a “disgrace”! Hsin-Yi thinks it is very unfair because those people only ever trained super-fast, hyper working breed doggies and have no idea how difficult it is for us placid, giant breeds to learn things and do them quickly. She says it is like somebody driving up a mountain in a 4-wheel drive laughing at someone pedalling a bicycle! So we left that club and never went back.
But now that we are in a new country, Hsin-Yi hoped to find a nice club for us to join so that I can continue my Obedience and maybe even do some trials…so we’re so happy to find a nice club at last!
We haven’t joined any classes yet but we have been going just to do trainings by ourselves. It is so hot in Brisbane, I get very tired and panty and don’t feel like doing anything much in the day…so it’s good to have somewhere to do trainings at night when it is a lot cooler!
Here is a short video so you can see me doing trainings – I usually practise some of my Obedience exercises, like Heeling and the Retrieve, and then I practise some of my dancing – and then Hsin-Yi plays a fun tug game with me!
* Hsin-Yi was telling me not to run in the video because I’m still supposed to be on my “6- weeks rest” from the vet!
Earlier this week, Hsin-Yi took my new soft crate to the club on our training night because she wanted me to practise staying in it in a strange place (and because she wanted to practise carrying it! Hee! Hee! Hsin-Yi is a bit grumpy about it because she is very short and my crate is so big and heavy, even folded up, so she doesn’t know how to carry it! ).
Also, I don’t like people walking past me, if I am behind a ‘barrier’ (I am fine if I am just lying on my bed or blanket) – sometimes, I jump up and do Grumpy Barking – but Hsin-Yi gets really annoyed when I do this – she says it is very rude and I must learn to lie calmly in my crate, even when other people pass me. So that night, lots of different people walked past my crate, some with their dogs, and I stayed calm - and Hsin-Yi made the CLICK noise and gave me a treat each time - which means I was a good girl!
Anyway, so after all this practice – we were all ready for today!
It was a VERY hot and sunny day today – Hsin-Yi put my cool coat on me so that I would not overheat (otherwise, if I get too hot and panty, I just feel very tired and can’t do anything!) and she wished she had a cool coat for herself too, because she got very hot and panty herself carrying my crate and all our stuff from the car into the church, in the hot sun!
They made a space for us doggies at the back of the church…and it was the first time I stayed alone in my crate outside of home!
Then it was time for us to do our dancing! Hsin-Yi was feeling very stressy because I did so badly the last time we performed, which was at that doggie dancing camp back in Jan…but I did well today!
I did get a bit lost in the middle and forgot Hsin-Yi was there and was busy looking at all the interesting people sitting around us…but after a bit, I remembered I was supposed to be dancing and I could hear Hsin-Yi calling me – so I quickly went back to her!
It was also a bit tight and squishy for me so I didn’t dare do my big Trotting in a Circle trick. See, I need LOTS of space to do any fast running moves and although the space was big enough for the other doggies, it didn’t feel big enough for me!
But Hsin-Yi said that was OK and she was happy that I did pretty well.
*Sorry for the rubbish small pictures of me dancing - Paul could not come today to be Camera Man because it is a Working Week Day and so there was nobody to help take videos or photos! Hsin-Yi asked one of the other dancing doggie humans to help but they had a problem with our camera so they only videoed half my routine! So those photos are just “stills” from the little bit of video. But the one of me & Hsin-Yi is a good photo taken by the self-timer!
After all the dancing was finished, they asked us doggies to go say hello to everybody. It was like doing a Therapy Dog Visit! I love saying hello to people and getting cuddles!
Except it was awfully hard to ignore all the yummy food on the tables! All the other doggies are much shorter but it was JUST at the same level as my nose and mouth – and everytime I went near the tables to say hello to people, I wanted so much to taste the yummy food on their plates!
But Hsin-Yi kept telling me “Leave It!” so I had to be good (sob!)
But some of the people were nice and saved some of their sandwiches for me!
I got really good at catching the yummies!
I was also a bit naughty because when one of the ladies who was giving me yummies asked me to Shake Paws and then didn’t give me the yummy in her hand, I decided to just jump up and help myself! Hsin-Yi was very annoyed with me and said that was terrible rude behaviour. But – that lady had been giving me lots of yummies already and she was holding it just in front of my nose – why shouldn’t I just help myself? Humph!
Well, after a lot of pats and cuddles (and cake and sandwiches), it was time to go home…
Hsin-Yi had a bad Head Pain Sickie - because she had been stressy all morning and was very tired from carrying my crate and all our stuff - then doing dancing with me - and all the time watching me with the other doggies so we don’t get grumpy with each other (because we don’t know each other and aren’t friends yet but we have to stay together in a small space!) – and then making sure I was being a well-behaved doggie when I went around the tables to say hello…! Also, whenever it is very sunny and bright and hot, she starts to feel sickie (like something called “sunstroke”) – and she was so busy looking after me that she forgot to drink any water…
So when we got home, she was very grumpy and said that we will not do anymore dancing performances unless Paul can come to help because there are too many things for her to do by herself and she feels too stressy.
Well anyway - I had an exciting fun morning!
* Still trying to get round to visit you all – please bear with us!