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Hi! My name is Simon and I want to tell you about a great adventure I had yesterday!

Well it was a typical morning, I woke mom up as soon as I could and got some breakfast and went outside to play. Pretty soon mom said she had to go to this place called 'work' and gave me kisses. I really don't like it when she says that because she goes out that door that I never get to go out of (unless I am on a leash) and doesn't come back for awhile. Well I decided this morning I would go with her to this place called 'work' and ran out the door. I have done this a few times, and mom says, Simon please come inside, and so I do. Today though, I didn't want to listen. I ran to the neighbors and started sniffing around, and mom followed me. She said, simon, please come here!! but I was having so much fun sniffing. Mom ran inside and got cookies....who cares about cookies when I can sniff in a new yard? She came back out and I decided to go for a run. Mom screamed and closed her eyes when I ran out in front of one of those things I get to go for rides in. Ahh the cool wind in my ears! New yards to sniff! Before I knew it, I was out of my moms sight. I hear she called this place called animal control because I had a bath yestrday (YUCK!) and she hadn't put my tags on my new collar yet. (oops on mom's part, but thank goodness I have a microchip). Well after a long ordeal, and mom walked the 4 blocks home to get my leash and favorite toy, I decided that my game of 'hide and seek' was over and ran as fast as I could home. Mom gave me lots of praise and cookies for coming when she called, and told me I needed to work on this thing called recall. I don't really know what that is, but sometimes we go out in the front or back yard with a long leash, and when she calls I get love, toys or treats. Sometimes I listen, but sometimes its just so hard, I am so excited to be outside! Every Thursday I get to go to these classes with lots of dogs, and I work on my obedience. Mom just doesn't understand how I can be so good and listen at home and at the park but be the worst dog in dog club. I think its all those new dogs to sniff! Anyways, I really want to please my mom and want to learn about this recall thing. Can you other dobies help??
 

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Thanks for the suggestions..I think we have lots of work to do here. I always make him sit and stay before I throw the ball.....he shakes and shakes and shakes also, and when he is running back with the ball to me I have been saying come. Baby steps! It doesn't help that he has been 'testing' my dominance a few times this week...twice today already. He gets excited and barks (mean barks!) at me and jumps up (he never does this unless he is testing me) and its just because I didn't go get the ball or he had to come inside. I put him in a down stay whenever he does this, and today I had to hold him down (just grabbed onto the collar) until he calmed down. I don't know whats gotten into him, i think its the spring air..:)
 
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