The black lab was steady, holding her Down like a statue. She hung her head starring at her paw with a treat atop of it. She did not blink, nor move. She was focused and ready for the "Okay" command to eat-that-treat.
My son and I were standing by in amazement. Wooow! That takes so much talent and focus, I mean - we knew the dog was nearing her last week of Puppy Raising, soon to venture to California for turn-in. She had all her learning set and ready to go, the Raiser was just having fun during his last class with her. Regardless that she was about 18 months old, that takes some talent!
We happened to mention something to the Raiser - something along the lines of, "Woooow! She is awesome." He gave us a grin, but didn't say anything.
Four weeks later ... Haddie is doing this:
On a whim, I decided to try it with Haddie; and she learned in less than two minutes. Not surprising, since she has to Wait for her food every.single.feeding ... so naturally she would not move when I placed a treat on her paw, and commanded Wait.
I love party tricks. I love Haddie. I love learning from my fellow, experienced CCI Peers.