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We didn’t start off class very well, considering I didn’t get the memo we were meeting at a different location. I hung out at the park…all by myself…feeling awesome because I was early. Oops. 🤫

So we showed up late. And you all know me and my anxiety when I show up late…

The DW asked us to join the lineup of other dogs as we frolicked around in formation. In the moment, I really can’t think or understand what he says. I just try to move around unnoticed and avoid ALL eye contact. He’s becoming quite the choreographer, though. 🕺🏼 It’s like a canine art form. Jazz and I wove in and out of the other dogs with ease during group obedience.

While scripted movements weren’t a struggle, everything I had to do on my own sure was. Jazz and I continued our trend of being on a completely different page than everyone else when I told Jasmine “no” in class and she flopped on her back expecting me to rub her belly. 🤦🏻‍♀️

But on a good note, she had her first bite on the fluffy bite suit! I’m so proud of my girl. And considering we were a wee bit off our game, Jasmine and I are actually getting good at obedience. I’m partially doing better at listening to the Dog Whisperer’s commands, and Jasmine is getting better at listening to me. Oh—except that time when I called her to me, and she went to the Dog Whisperer instead. Yeah, that happened this weekend.

Not including our flaws, we were perfect! 🏅

Honestly, it’s hard to not compare Jasmine to the other canines. I *know* I’m not supposed to do this, but I can’t help it especially when the senior dogs are mixed in with us junior-level dogs. We all have different strengths and excel at varying things, but Jasmine’s recall while she’s mid chase has never been that good…and it’s showing now. It was like a punch to the gut when she didn’t come to me when called (she only came to me when the DW told her to…ugg). My pride! My dignity! I was Napoleon Bonaparte, and last weekend was the Battle of Waterloo. Ergo, I was SLAIN by the Dog Whisperer. 😵

Jasmine and I have been together for just over 3 months, and I know that’s been a big hurdle for us to climb, so we’re just going to have to work even harder to make sure she’s ready for her final evaluation in 6 weeks.

We’re halfway there!

Even though Jasmine occasionally ignores me, in one of the obedience drills she actually came to me! Yippee! I don’t have video proof of this. Shame on me. This was a “here” race between her and Thor. I know, it was very brave of the Dog Whisperer to pair these two together. Jasmine lost, but does that really surprise you? And Thor even had a sore foot! It was wrapped up and everything. I’m convinced she just wanted to admire the view from last place. That’s my girl. 💕

Entering into agitation work, we started off with straight bites.

 

 

Look at her go!

Next, we worked on recalls. While Jasmine and I are still working on her flawless recall, she did come halfway back to me before sniffing something in the grass. Halfway is better than no way, am I right? She did it!!

 

 

This would work so much better if I had something to entice her with. Food and toys only get her so excited before Her Highness demands something else. I’m just going to have to get really creative these next few weeks and find unique ways to reward her so she doesn’t get bored of me, her tug toy, and everything else around her (excluding the DW).

The good juju was missing this week, but Jazz and I will be sure to find some by next Saturday.

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Comments:

  • Karen

    August 19, 2019

    omg omggg comments are back on! I just adore you and the DW, India! I can just tell from this post that you and Jazz had a rough weekend. Your voice sounds defeated and withdrawn. I can FEEEEL your energy through your words! It breaks my heart that you had a rough weekend, but you and Jazz will come through like always! Love you, girl!

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  • Jessica P

    August 19, 2019

    Yes! Comments are back! Get sick of us bombarding your IG? lol

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  • Haylie Jarvis

    August 19, 2019

    I love your writing, India! You’ll let us know when your next magazine publication is coming out, right? This post is different than your other ones. It’s like you’re trying to be positive even though you were late, Jasmine didn’t listen to you, and you were most likely flustered all weekend long. It’s okay to be upset. I’m waiting for you to just lash out lol. I HATE BEING LATE. So I feel everything you’re going through. You’re such an incredible writer to be able to convey your emotions like that. We’re going through this with you! We love you!

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  • Hannah M.

    August 19, 2019

    Is the DW single?

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    • Monica

      August 19, 2019

      No?

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    • Jessica P

      August 19, 2019

      Like any man that decent is still single ha ha

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  • Monica

    August 19, 2019

    I can’t wait for Number Infinity to come out! I’m on your ARC team. <3 I am so proud of you and Jasmine! It sounds like you had a rough weekend, but it'll only get better from here. It's just the halfway blues is all. We love you!

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  • Kelly Larson

    August 19, 2019

    We love you India and Jasmine! I’m a BIG fan of your writing, and this post definitely gave me chills. Like, I could feel your disappointment through your words. Does that make sense? Jasmine will come through for you! I’m sorry you showed up at the wrong location, though. Yikes! No wonder your juju was off lol. I know you, and you won’t accept anything less than your best. You will slay it next weekend!!!!

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  • Jessica P

    August 19, 2019

    Jasmine will get her recall down. Not to mention there were so many dogs this time because it was mixed right? I can’t believe Jasmine has come this far already and she’s 3. I thought dogs couldn’t learn after they’re like 1. lol

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    • Monica

      August 19, 2019

      They can learn after they’re 1! LOL

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      • Jessica P

        August 19, 2019

        I dunno lol that’s why I read this blog haha

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  • Mikel

    August 19, 2019

    You and Jasmine will pass no doubt. With your work ethic? Definitely. So this weekend wasn’t the best (and I can definitely tell by your tone even though you wrote with your usual flare), next weekend will be better. Good luck, Jazz!

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  • Jenny

    August 19, 2019

    Was Memphis not at class this weekend? 🙁 Jasmine’s bff

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  • Fiona_9377

    August 19, 2019

    I love you India and Jasmine! <3

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  • Karly Thatcher

    August 19, 2019

    Yeesh this weekend didn’t bring good juju huh? It looks like you both did amazing, but considering you were late…yah…that can screw things up. I love you! I’m rooting for you! This weekend sucked, but next weekend will be amazing! Go Jasmine!

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  • Mona_Hebuy728

    August 19, 2019

    I love you India! I can’t wait to see where you, DW, and Jazz go! Competition maybe?

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  • Sarah G

    August 19, 2019

    This Dog Whisperer guy is going to help you and Jazz accomplish everything you’ve ever dreamed of. I just know it. This weekend sounded rough, but I know you haha and you’ll conquer.

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  • Jenny Hatchet

    August 19, 2019

    Jasmine and Thor lol

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  • Parker_Fl

    August 19, 2019

    Love reading about your journey with Jasmine. I wish I lived in Idaho so I could go to some of this guy’s classes.

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  • Ryan

    August 19, 2019

    I should start a dog training company so I can lure intelligent women my way haha. Really enjoying your blog, India.

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  • Nina

    August 25, 2019

    Thank you for putting comments back on the blog! Woohoo!!!!

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    • Sarah

      August 25, 2019

      I agree!

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