I could never train my brother to do anything, apart from math, despite my best bossy sisterly efforts.
He wouldn’t heel, he wouldn’t sit, and he definitely wouldn’t stay, especially not once he was old enough to understand that he did not, in fact, have to do anything I said. Given how smart the annoying little booger was (and still is), I think that was about age 2.
He’s never listened to me since, but sometimes I listen to him. Like I said, he’s pretty smart. In the end, he trained me.
I strongly suspect that if I had a dog instead of a precocious young brother, I would still have the same problems. I have no doubt the dog would train me quite well to feed him and pet him and comb him and play with him, but I’m not so sure I could train the dog to sit, stay, heel and lie down.
The dogs being shown today at the Regional Dog Show have no such problems. At a mere word from their humans, these dogs will not only sit and stay, but they will jump through a hoop, leap hurdles, cross wooden bridges and crawl through tunnels.
These dogs are the doggie equivalent of Superman, because while they may not leap tall buildings in a single bound, they do jump over obstacles much taller than they are, in a single bound. If you don’t think that’s impressive, try jumping a hurdle set at your eye level.
And the humans involved are something pretty special, too. Students involved in the agility contest have been practicing with their dogs at least once a week every week since the beginning of summer, teaching their dogs and learning from the teaching. They are dedicated, patient and persistent.
This year, the agility contest (the doggie obstacle course) will begin at 8 a.m., with the obedience and showmanship competitions to follow, all at the Nobles County Fair.
If you want to see some superdogs, and some super kids, I recommend dropping by.