"That's her! The one with the miniature collies! I seen her make them dogs sit and they stay while she walks to put trash in the barrel. It's amazing!"
Poor grammar aside--being a teacher, I am always attuned to those things--I was laughing that he thought a sit-stay was amazing.
I wrote in a previous blog article how we sometimes focus so much on dog sports, we forget the every day wonderful things our dogs can do. Things like good manners when greeting someone, able to sit and stay in a busy park while Mom puts the poop bag in the trash can, or able to be still while getting their nails clipped. A question I often get is, "How do you get them to walk so nicely?" It stops me in my tracks--how did I do that? I guess it was just a gradual thing that as I added dogs into the pack, they learned from me and the others, this is what you do on a walk.
I'm asking you: What wonderful things can YOUR dogs do?