I just got a call from the workshop coordinator for today's seminar What Dog Trainers Know – That You Don't! She was in a bit of a panic because a lot more people had registered at the last minute. She was concerned that people might not be able to see and called to see if any of my dogs could work on a table top (an elevated dog would be easier to see).
I had already planned to take Lily with me to demonstrate targeting, luring, shaping, and capturing. And now that we needed a dog who was comfortable on a table, that sealed it — Lily was definitely the right dog.
You can't tell it from this picture, but Lily's actually sitting on a wall around our patio – she loves to be on top of things. I'm not sure why – maybe it's because she's the only dog who will get up there, so she can "get away from it all" when she gets up there. Maybe she likes the expanded view from up there. Or maybe she just likes doing new things. She's also the only dog we can get to ride in the wheelbarrow. And she doesn't just ride in it, she loves riding in it! We sometimes have to kick her out because we're trying to load it with mulch or firewood. No matter, once it's loaded, she'll hop back in — on top of all the firewood or mulch!
So I'm not at all worried about the possibility of her demonstrating on the table top – she'll probably love it up there!