After the herding trial we stuck around on request to be part of a photo shoot. The goal was to put a dozen dogs together to show various herding dog breeds, without humans in the picture. This involved dogs who didn't know each other, and some who didn't like each other. About half the dogs had apparently never been taught any kind of "stay" command. Most of the others had apparently never been asked to hold a stay in anything more than a trialing type situation.
At one point I was asked if Tsuki could do something. I replied with complete confidence that he could do anything we asked of him. And I was right.
Mr Tsuki was just outstanding in his abilty to hold the stay, and also to avoid interacting with the dog next to him. One was a dog that he had been trying to play with earlier (it apparently had no stay command at all). Then there was the dog who did* have a stay command, but didn't like most of the dogs and kept growling at Tsuki. Keep in mind these dogs were inches apart. Tsuki gave me a *look but carefully averted his eyes from the offending the dog, and held his position. Eventually they moved her behind him where she wouldn't growl at him. Since he steadfastly ignored her it worked out well.
He was wonderful in calmly obeying the "leave it" instead of sniffing the dog next to him. The dog next to him, a rough collie, was equally imperterbable, but had a less awsome stay. But between the two of them the pictures were actually accomplished. He was the only one asked to go off leash for the shoot, and for the individual shots he went collarless. OH and I forgot to mention. This was in the sheep pasture with the sheep grazing about 100 feet away.
And there is a possiblity it will appear on the cover of a publication. And whether it does or it doesn't we will get copies. woo woo. The floks taking his picture were very impressed. Too bad they are researchers not talent searchers. :-)

Diane Blackman
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At one point I was asked if Tsuki could do something. I replied with complete confidence that he could do anything we asked of him. And I was right.

Congratulations!
I have known that feeling with my wonderful Shasta-dog. Obviously part of the credit is due to you, the trainer who took the care to teach him. There's another, almost magical part that happens when a good dog rises to the occasion, and lets you know, "hey! I can do this."

Amy Dahl
Mr Tsuki was just outstanding in his abilty to hold the stay, and also to avoid interacting with the dog ... copies. woo woo. The floks taking his picture were very impressed. Too bad they are researchers not talent searchers. :-)

Wow that is wonderful! How impressive.
Go Tsuki!
Gwen
At one point I was asked if Tsuki could do something. I replied with complete confidence that he could do anything we asked of him. And I was right.

Congratulations, Diane.
It sounds as if you had an outstanding weekend!
Kate
I love it when our dogs rise to meet our expectations! Yay Tsuki!

How do you pronounce Tsuki?
Debbie
How do you pronounce Tsuki?

My guess: Tsuki. I'm not being flippant - in many languages there's a "ts" phoneme. So, Tss-ookey, minor emphasis on the 'T'.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Correctly its pronounced pretty close to SKEE with a bit of a T in front so you are sort of spitting out the skee. The TS is the same as in Tsunami (tidal wave). I tend to keep the Ts sound but add a oo sound Tsookee

Diane Blackman
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How do you pronounce Tsuki?

My guess: Tsuki. I'm not being flippant - in many languages there's a "ts" phoneme. So, Tss-ookey, minor emphasis on the 'T'.

-) Yeah - pretty much most people get it right. Its hardest on people who are only hearing it and then trying to match it to what is written, like agility scribes.

Diane Blackman
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Correctly its pronounced pretty close to SKEE with a bit of a T in front so you are sort of ... the same as in Tsunami (tidal wave). I tend to keep the Ts sound but add a oo sound Tsookee

Is that oo as book or oo as in boot?
Lia
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