Saturday, May 9, 2009

Talking to Emma

Wintercreek Angel’s Walk, officially now. In training in obedience and agility. She is confident, fearless often, intensely curious, willing, active, beautiful, playful. At times in agility she appears to be quite a little pistol…and she learns things at the speed of lightening.
I was teaching her to touch the palm of my hand with her nose, so that when I call her over she will come in close. This keeps her from dancing away from me if I need to catch her.

I watched her think it through.
Is this close enough?
Is this better?
Here? I felt her nose on my palm.
YES! (treat from the other hand.)
And then she did it 3 times in a row.
I switched hands…bingo. She knows it.

She learned the front feet up on the stool so that every time we passed the stool in the barn she hopped up and looked for my response.

This is a conversation we’re having now. It is incredibly gratifying, and full of promise.

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