Mom plays games with me. Yesterday she played Dumbbell Games. Today she is playing Come! Games. She calls them Recall Games.
She leaves me sitting and walks away. She says Stay. The staying isn't fun.
Then she turns and looks at her feet. The staying still isn't fun.
But then Mom starts the game. The game is fun!
She calls Come! I run. I run to Mom.
Sometimes she puts her hand in the air. I drop.
Sometimes she calls Drop! I drop.
Sometimes she stands there and just before I reach her, she turns and runs away. I get to chase her.
Sometimes she throws a ball through her knees right before I get to her. This is tricky for me because she doesn't move her feet. She just moves her knees. She makes a tunnel for me to run through. I chase the ball.
Sometimes she runs away from me when I chase the ball and hides. I find her! I find her behind the high jump. I find her behind the oak tree. Sometimes I find her on the grass, lying down. Then she makes me Sit. I have to sit even though her head is lower than mine.
Sometimes she calls me and dances and claps when I reach her. I get to dance and jump!
Sometimes she calls me and walks away and says Heel when she sees me near her with the eyes she has on the back of her head. I have to heel.
Sometimes she throws my ball and when I run back to her, she says Front! I have to sit in front of her and wait for her to throw my ball again.
Mom says Recall Games make running to her fun. They make me fast! She likes fast.
Mom is playing games with me. She calls them Dumbell Games. They are not dumb. They are fun.
Mom makes me sit. Then she throws my dumbbell. I want to run to it. I don't want to wait.I lift my paw....
But Mom says I can't run to my dumbbell. I have to wait. I have to wait until she tells me to Get It.
Then she makes waiting fun.
Sometimes she throws the dumbbell and instead of saying Get It, Mom says Heel and turns around. I have to stay in heel position. I have to sit. With my back to the dumbbell. Then Mom says Heel again and turns back. THEN she says Get It!
I get to get it!
Sometimes she throws the dumbbell and instead of saying Get It, she says Let's Go! And runs away from me. She runs away from the dumbbell. I get to chase her. Fun!
And sometimes she throws the dumbbell and instead of saying Get It, she says Stay and walks around me. If I move, she puts me back. If I don't move, we have a party! Then I get to get it!
Sometimes she heels off with me and drops the dumbbell somewhere behind me. When we get across the grass, she turns and sends me to the dumbbell. I get to find it and get it!
Sometimes she leaves me in a Sit Stay. She walks across the grass. I think she is going to call Come! But instead she drops my dumbbell while she walks away. She turns and calls me. But instead of saying Come!, she says Get It! I get to Get It and then run to Mom. That is the most fun of all.
I LIKE dumbbell games!
Today I was so excited about finally getting to Get It that I dropped the dumbbell. Right out of my mouth. Mom wasn't pleased. I won't do THAT again.
Mom is getting serious. She makes me STAY. All the time. In different places.
She makes it hard. She leaves me outside and says, "STAY." Then she goes inside and puts my breakfast on the floor.
If I pop up, she comes out and makes me right. Every time.
Then she leaves me somewhere else and I can't move. And if I do, she comes from out of sight and makes me right. Each time. Every time.
Mom says she is seriously practicing our Group Exercises for Open. Whatever that means.
Zoe says it means I have to Stay in the position she left me. No matter what.
Zoe says Groups mean more than just me and Sailor and her. Groups means lot of dogs.
I don't SEE lots of dogs. I only see me and Sailor and Zoe.
So how can we practice Groups without lots of dogs, Mom ?
And why can't I roll on the grass or jump up to see what you are doing? And where do you go when I have to Stay and I can't see you and you can't see me, but you know when I sit up or roll on the grass?