It's been a longggg winter here and Piper definitely needs some work and I need to make it more fun for him! We attended an obedience match this past Sunday and yikes Piper...what happened? On the first article he walked to the pile then got distracted by another dog (didn't take much lol) then proceeded to start to return to me, went around me back to the pile and even though he knew which one was mine he wouldn't pick it up! His heeling was horrendous, was forging and even when I'd slow down for a turn he'd bump me. On the retrieve over high, I threw my bell perfectly in the middle of the jump and yet he went to go around it!!! On the broad jump he didn't jump but walked it (I've been putting his height at 13" when he's 13 3/4 and they use 2 boards with 8" between them)...I'm changing his height to 14" so they'll use the three boards. An 8" gap is too tempting for them and too much risk. At our Monday class we were working on these issues and already he's much improved. We have 2 months to get back in form and I'm not too worried. At least he's not off his glove or his bell lol.