Today’s This & That Thursday is all about random things that happened on a recent training session in a local park.
Often when we are out training at the park we turn into people magnets. Maybe it is the dogs. Maybe it is because the dogs are doing something more than sniffing. No idea.
We usually try to park in shade near where we are training and usually try to find a shady spot to train if we are working land. The designated parking area at this park is mostly sun this time of year.
So we picked a shady spot a bit away from the group. Besides the shade, we prefer to keep the dogs away from cars and people while training. Before long we became a magnet.
Maybe these people could not see we were training dogs right there. Again, no idea. The lady in the car to the right was from Ontario. For some reason she felt compelled to park on top of us and take her book and sit on a picnic table almost in the middle of where we were training. OK fine just a distraction which the dogs should ignore.
The car to the left was a man and a mentally challenged woman. She kept trying to get in our van since the doors were open to allow air for the dogs. She was in there at least two times. The guy had to come and get her out. Of our van. She is lucky Storm was not in there at the time because Storm would not welcome a stranger in our van.
Then as we were working the dogs a kid came running up with a million questions. Is that a real gun? (We have purchased a wooden silhouette gun for training and to work on Storm being steady even when her handler has a gun.) Are those real ducks? What are you doing? Can I watch? We finally had to ask him not to come closer and run up on the dogs because we were training.
But the best was when a lady riding by on her bike heard the whistles and came up to watch. We were just about done so she had a few questions. More questions. She parked her bike in between our car and the one to the right. While we were talking, the woman in the car got in and somehow managed to back right into and almost over her bike. I could not believe it. We shouted at her to stop. Finally she asked what she had hit. Luckily it wasn’t a bike with a kid on it. Could have been anything. We are at a park after all. You should kind of be paying attention. At that point we made our exit too.
So ended another training day at the park…