Lemmy and I are taking Susan Garrett’s 5 Minute Formula for a Brilliant Recall, a 5 week online course. One of the core exercises of the course is Crate Games, which I was concerned about. I bought the DVD a month or two ago and was never able to get past “Yer Out Yer In” Lemmy never wanted to go back in the crate and when he did it was slow and sullen. Yesterday I watched the DVD again and geared up to give it another try. The one thing that I think made the difference this time is that I used a neutral crate. The last time I tried it I was using one of the 2 crates I had set up already, the one he slept in at night and the one he went in when I left the house. This time I brought in his travel crate and set it up in the family room, a place he had never been crated before. It went much smoother and he actually went back in the crate. Today when I was working the collar grab game as I released him to go back in the crate the cat chose that moment to jump the gate and run past him. Lemmy veered towards the cat and pounced on him, then immediately broke off and ran back in to the crate without any direction from me. I am so proud of him!
Last weekend we attended the Eastern Whippet Specialty in York, PA. Lemmy did well although it was a long stressful week for both of us. The crowning achievement for the weekend was getting 1st place in the 12-15 month class under Iva Kimmelman on Friday’s supported entry. I got a lot of nice compliments from breeders and exhibitors and we really enjoyed the show.
Today at the Greater Daytona Dog Fanciers Assoc. show in Daytona, FL under judge Pete Dawkins Lemmy went WD/BW for his first point.