October 23, 2010

Cheap Date

Ruby: Let's go to the movies!
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!
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.


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Mom and Dad passed on The Other Guys, guess they made the right choice. But still, it was a great opportunity to introduce Ruby to the movie experience. Mom says it is way too dark in the theater for arriving guests, especially old ones like her who can't see the stairs:(

Have a great weekend.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Carly Findlay said...

Good work Ruby! What an adventure :)
Pity about the movie though :(

Lori Jablons said...

Ruby (and you guys!) deserve treats simply for sitting through "The Other Guys" without howling! Ruby seems like she'd dig a Hitchcock or Vincent Price film.

1000 Goldens said...

Thank you for the movie review Roo-Roo! They do play those movies awfully loud, don't they?

Lisa, Ellie and Hosta said...

Good job Ruby - what a great outing and kudos on the trivia. You are a smart smart pooch!

Sierra Rose said...

Smiling at the great training you did Ruby, and then wondering why so many movies need to have the explsions and yelling??? But, back to training purposes....you wern't phased with all the noisy action!! Fantastic. We hardly see movies anymore, not sure why...but fun to read your experience and review :)

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Deborah Flick said...

Ruby is awesome! I've been catching up on your posts. I especially liked the picture under the undies and next to the piano.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I'm pretty sure woo knew which one might be MY favourite!


Anonymous said...

Great adventure for you Ruby. Were glad you did a good job. Love the picture sitting in front of the poster.

Kristine said...

Ruby seems to be picking up everything so well. You've done such a great job with her.

I'm sorry the movie was so bad you had to bail early. But yay for all the practice time!