A lesson from todays Obedience match. Yesterday Denis and Gary took Sloan and Quarrel for their first time in the Open Obedience ring trying for their CDXs. The dogs did alright, Sloan broke her drop on recall though but we weren't too shocked, she's been having some trouble understanding that exercise. Quarrel downed when Gary returned for the long sit and then got up to follow dad on the long down. He was just all confused and to make matters worse the ring steward tried to catch him by cornering and reaching for his collar. Quarrel growled and sidestepped which isn't surprising for most dogs in that situation. So, today they thought, hey it's a new day! Sloan and Denis nailed their routine, really just great. She lost a half point for the broad jump after they only used 3 boards at 48 inches which caused Sloan to step over them but Denis commented on it to the judge and the judge let him re-do the exercise with the proper 4 boards which Sloan nailed. Quarrel had a bit of trouble with his down on recall because yesterday he watched Sloan and thought it would be really funny to mess with Gary today so he decided to return to heel instead, silly maligator. Then came the sits and downs. Well, at minute 2:30 Sloan got up, which she's never done before but of course saves it for the ring to try. The steward well aware of not cornering and reaching for the dog today just said, "Your dog is up" and did not clarify who's dog. So, poor Gary, nervous after yesterday, said, "Quarrel, here!" and along came Quarrel and Sloan. Poor guys, lol, they're on their way home now. Lesson of the story, while in a hidden long sit or down wait for clarification on who's dog is actually up.