We just got word that NSD is coming next week to do our Public Access Test with Lynyrd. Usually, this happens a few weeks after training but I guess it's been hard to set up a trip to come to Ottawa. Last time there were multiple families from Ottawa at the training, so I think it was easier to do.
I'm pretty nervous about it. Lynyrd does very well with commands but I worry that I haven't spent enough time working on the various aspects of the test. Also, since I didn't do the official practice test, I think that has also affected my confidence.
There are two areas I know will be tense:
- the food drop/refusal (Lynyrd is quick and while he doesn't lunge at food, he's still a dog)
- ignoring toys, especially if in motion
We're going through a higher toy budget than food budget for him, since he goes after Alex's toys if he doesn't have a toy of his own to play with but he destroys them, sometimes in minutes, but rarely lasting more than a few days. This was not one of the expenses I'd budgeted for in planning for the dog.
In the end, I remind myself that NSD wants us to succeed and this isn't a nasty attempt to "catch" us in a minor technicality. They want Lynyrd and our family to do well.