Darn That Norwich

And that mixed retriever. And that other dog next to us. The one with the issues.

All three did a perfect “down” in class last night. Time after time.

Winston and I weren’t so lucky.

Winston just didn’t get it. And I can’t say I blame him. Why should he get in a “down” position? It doesn’t make sense. Sitting, we get. Downing, not so much.

Wonder if we’ll graduate?


Don’t worry my little Scottish friend, you’re doing just fine.



About The Scottie Chronicles

Winston welcomes you to The Scottie Chronicles - a dog blog that began in 2009 as a voice for Stuart, a more than memorable black, brindle and white Scottish Terrier who captured hearts around the world. Stuart passed suddenly in December 2015 from cardiac hemangiosarcoma, a nasty cancer that took him far too early. He would have been 11 years old in March 2017. The Scottie Chronicles is dedicated to Stuart and the joy he shared with everyone who met him or saw him from afar. If you love Scotties, please follow along. Arroooo!
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19 Responses to Darn That Norwich

  1. theguster says:

    Not to worry. All dogs learn at their own pace. Winston will do just fine!

  2. Sharon Nowfel says:

    He’s only 3 inches off the ground…how far down does a dog need to go? Keep practicing Winston…you will get.

  3. rjkeyedup says:

    LOL … we still don’t do that dumb command! BTW, Callie finally learned to sit when we come in for a walk and mommy has to take her harness off – and she will be five next Wednesday! But we Scotties are obedient in so many other ways… AARRooooo!!!

  4. Humphrey & Cherry says:

    Practice, practice, practice — my Mom thought we weren’t going to make it also- BUT – I can do a great “lay” we had to change our ‘word’) and we are sure Winston & you can do too!! Humphrey

  5. WestScott says:

    How about the “look handsome” command? Appears to me he’s got this command down pat, and I’ll also bet he’s at the head of the class with this one!

  6. Listening to commands and being ordered around is not for terrierists.

  7. nordhuesn says:

    All we have to say is “Scottitude rules”. Mom had to use the word “rest” for Andy. The down word is a negative one.

  8. down is overrated ;o) it only works when I’m on my big pillow… but the mama will not carry that big thing around all the time so we put down the command down ;O)))

  9. Rowena says:

    He was probably thinking “??? I dinna ken what down is!”

  10. Kismet says:

    Winston hasn’t quire trained the instructor yet.

  11. Banks and Sherlock says:

    Nah. No. Not. Nope. Seriously? No Need. Whaaat? These are some of the Scottie commands for “down”. Learn them, peeps. Remember them, peeps if you want to graduate. Tell our buddy, Winston to skip class and come and play with us. We’ll teach him all the BEST doggie stuff there is to learn. We promise! Down??? Bahahahahaha
    Arrroo and Big Bark,
    Sherlock and Banks

  12. Steph and Fitz says:

    The only command Fitz ever listens to is sit and that is as long as there is a treat involved. I cannot imagine trying to get a dog that is, at most, three inches off the floor to do the down command 🙂

  13. starfighter441 says:

    Piper flunked her obedience test three times, which I put down to weather in two of the cases ( she hates rain ) and a judge who expected a Scottie to show the same mindless devotion of a shepherd or Labrador ( not happening ). She shone in agility, but we couldn’t compete due to her not getting that one bit of paper.

  14. Donna pemberton says:

    Miss Nessie and I got kicked out after our second week of class. She was too bossy with the other pups!

  15. Hey, don’t worries, I got kicked outta obedience class. It is one of my most cherished accomplishments! heheheee though..Ma doesn’t agree, butts that is to be expected.
    I thinks you’ll gets it though…you’re just being a terrierist, and will do it when YOU want to do it. It’s the way of our people.
    Ruby ♥

  16. Anonymous says:

    Hi all please can you help me my name is Abigail, and all I want to do is hunt frogs at nigh, and wh en my owner opens the from gate or we are at our holiday home all I want to do is run. Just to see what is on the other side, at home I am in a big garden and can’t get into the road but wish I could, it is not as if I have not tried. And at the holiday home there is no fence or wall, so I can just run uo the mountain or into the commen. And my owner gets very cross and angry and that is not the way I wish to me because she loves me very much. Abigail

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