Saturday, May 1, 2010

Smarty Pants

So, I know I'm supposed to be studying and not writing blogs but something happened today that totally blew me away and guess who did it! Mr. Bob did! Haha. Today was the first time I have seen Bob actually "think" I guess haha. Not that he isn't smart, it's just everything he's been doing is commands; you know, sit, down, stay, find the seat/door/whatever. I haven't had much of a chance to do the other things because I have been so focused on finals and my last test (which was on the 2nd to last day of school - who does that?!) That we haven't really been to many stores and such.. where Bob would need to find bathrooms and counters and stuff..

Anyways, point of my excitement - Bob 'guided' me around an obstacle today and once we were past went back to his original 'line'. You must know that we haven't actually come to any obstacles that we have had to work around (except for people I guess) so I was really anxious to see what he would do.

Bob sitting on the side of the street, he is looking up the street away from me and his tongue is sort of out
Stopping on a 'curb' it slopes down straight into the street
so these have been a bit tricky for Bob - he got plenty of practice today though ;)  
We were walking in Darrell's brother's neighborhood and first came up to a truck that was sticking out onto the side walk a bit. I stopped Bob at it, showed it to him and then I led us around it and that was it. I wanted to see what he would do when we got back to it but just so happened we didn't take that same route back. However there was another car that was completely covering the sidewalk (Ours haha! - I'll have to remember that next time and park on the street lol.) Well, I wasn't really planning on working past our car, the turn into Mike's house is before the car so yeah.. Well, I wanted to see what Bob would do so I kept going and guess what! When we got up to the car he went straight down the driveway onto the street (which was about a foot or two away from the back of the car) and once we had passed it he tried to find a way back onto the sidewalk. What was really interesting was not only did he try and find his original line (the sidewalk) but that he knew not to go back up the driveway to get there. You see there was only about half a foot of driveway in between the car and the grass so instead of trying to go right back up there Bob continued to the next driveway. (Which was only about 2 feet away because Mike lives on a cul-de-sac.) So, we got back on the sidewalk and I praised like crazy - I'm so proud of that smart boy!
Bob in mid stride walking down the sidewalk, picture view is from his rear and above him
Walking on loose leash! Probably because he was
getting tired but still good haha :) 

Oh - P.S. he ignored all the fenced in dogs like a pro! The only thing he was getting distracted by was a fire hydrant, which even Egypt had to be corrected at so I'm guessing it smelled really good haha. Well, after I corrected at the first fire hydrant we walked past another, I decided to get a video of this just incase he was good and remembered to 'leave it' haha. So here it is, you can't see the fire hydrant but you can see how the sidewalk curves around it and Bob stuck to the sidewalk like a pro!

A link to the video incase you can't watch it here. Click Me!

You can see how he was getting tired by the end of it. The walk wasn't even that long I think it was just the humidity today - probably the sun too. Both dogs seemed much happier on the way back though while we were walking in the shade haha.

Sorry the video and pictures aren't the best - they were taken on my phone because my camera is out of battery lol.


Toby- The dog with a blog said...

Bob looks so good in the pictures, glad he's doing so well!

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

Yay, Bob!! What a smart puppy. Hope your finals go well!

Lisa, Ellie and Hosta said...

WOW, that is so awesome!! Smart puppy - GO BOB!!!!!

Alphini's Puppy Raiser said...

Way to go BOB!!! Now that's an awesome milestone -- we're all so excited and proud!!

Sarah and the Pack. said...

Wow! So cool that he is already learning things like that. Way to go Bob!