Raiser: Good idea! But training you at the movies can get expensive...
The solution? Elvis! (But then again, isn't he always?)
Raiser: $2.50, now that's a deal even you can't shake a stick at!
Ruby: Mmm, sticks!
Ruby: One Jujubees please, and a two-pack of sticks. Pine flavor!
She wanted to see one of the animated flicks, but we were on time for "The Other Guys" so that's what I chose.
Ruby: "The Oth...WHAT?"
Sigh. I have to say she was right. "The Other Guys" was not the best movie I've ever chosen. Although she was pretty delighted to get 8 out of 10 on the trivia before the show, which I honestly thought was too good for a dog. They make those waaaay too easy.
We were early and the theater was pretty empty, so we did some training in a large space in front of the screen. We worked on long stays as well as some of the basics – sit, down, stand, etc.
Contextual learning is very interesting. Because she had never practiced in this space before, it felt unfamiliar and she had trouble with simple commands, like "down." She did pretty well on sit/stays, although if I traveled too far away and waited too long to return to her, she'd get antsy, break her "sit," and start tentatively walking toward me. To help her gain confidence, I decreased the distance between us and she'd hold her "sit" till I returned or gave her the "here" command.
Since the theater was so empty, I chose a seat in the companion seating section where the rows are set in from the main aisle. I wanted her to practice sitting quietly next to me as the movie played. But those seats were only about three rows from the front, and when the movie started, it was so loud, I was afraid it could harm her ears. So we moved to the last row in the back of the theater where the sound was much easier on both of us.
And there we sat...for about 40 minutes. It was all we could take. Ruby was right, we should have waited around for "Dogs and Cats: The Revenge of Kitty Galore!" Unfortunately, we had to give "The Other Guys" two dewclaws down. Great cast, I had high hopes, just...not that funny. However, it did have guns, explosions and yelling, and none of that fazed Ruby in the least. She never flinched, no fear at all. So, half a star for that, and 'cause we still like Will Ferrell, regardless.