Our Dutch obedience training is a little different from the obedience I have seen on tv and youtube. Never the less it is quite strict and static. Very difficult for me, since I use handsigns and voicecues... Now I have to fade my handcues for the big exam next year... Pfff that's going to be hard!!! We are only allowed a short handsignal in distance control... Anyway we are training on the beginners level for a few weeks now and I have stumbled on to the parts where we, Jinx and me, are having trouble. One is distance control, meaning a sit, down, stand while I am a couple of meters away from Jinx... We are working on that... The other is the retrieve... Oh my how difficult!!! Here is how it should be: dog sit next to you, you throw away a dummy, cue dog to retrieve, dog should come back, sit in front of you and hold dummy untill you take it. Well...Here is where we are... Jinx will sit and hold dummy for a few seconds...(Needs a little more work) Jinx will go get the dummy, but will not give it very willingly or drops it at my feet...BUT this is improving, she came to give the dummy perfectly three times yesterday!! So that is going ok. But now comes the hard part... She needs to stay, while I throw the dummy. Well, I have not had a go at training this, so I don't know how that's going to go. And... She just does NOT see, that she can sit down with the dummy in her mouth When she sits she can hold it. When she stands, she can hold it. But when I ask her to sit down with the dummy in her mouth, she drops it and sits down I know Jinx often takes a long time to get it, and then suddenly she has, what I call, a lightbulb moment, when she suddenly just does it right. So we will keep working!!