I think I've talked about Ceilidh and her challenges before. Ceilidh's my five-year-old Boston Terrier with ADHD and obsessive-compulsive disorder. I take her to Agility class every Thursday evening to help her focus and to release some of that Boston Terrier energy.
In the past I've taken Ceilidh to regular obedience training. She's good at it, but hates it. She just looks miserable through the entire Novice exercise. And the group exercises - the long sit and down stays - are the worst! She stays, but it's so hard! Other dogs are right next to her! And there are lots of people she could be saying hello to! So, we gave it up in favor of Agility. Ceilidh loves it! Running, jumping, climbing - that's what she lives for!
As we progress in the Agility classes the courses are more challenging. The instructor allows us to walk the course without dogs, to figure out how to approach the obstacles. I had been putting Ceilidh in her little portable crate while I walked the courses, but last night I decided to see what would happen if I didn't. So, I took Ceilidh away from the other dogs and told her to "Sit. Stay!" I walked the course, but could still see if Ceilidh stayed -- she did! What a good girl! I was so proud!
And, later, I put her closer to other dogs and close to our instructor, who she adores. And she stayed! Jackpot treats!
Which goes to prove our maxim: Patience and consistency are the keys to training success!