Roxi, Service Dog-in-Training went to class on Saturday to test out of her beginner level. She failed because she couldn't hold a sit stay for 1 minute and because she was afraid of a giant freaky doll (it scares me!). Of course, she can retrieve and drop items into the trash can and open and close cupboards, but the goof can't sit for a minute.
To give her a bit of credit...she didn't move except to lie down. I guess she's just lazy.
Roxi's only a year old, and staying in one position is just not her cup of tea. But, food is! So here's the new drill...
While I fix her food, she is going to sit and wait patiently for it until I release her. She already does this in a down stay, but so far, the sit position has been a challenge. She just wants to lie down. I can relate. A tip for those of you with similar problems: make sure you are working your dog on a rug or other non-slip surface.
As for the doll...it's been slathered with peanut butter and is no longer a problem. And I've been seen dancing with that dumb doll, which is sure to give Roxi confidence.