Almost any dog can be trained to some degree. I've seen Yorkies and other small dogs doing the companion test. Animals are amazing. John's family always knew when Grandad was walking down to see them because Timmy the cat would sit on the gatepost waiting for him. Never did it any other time. Our dogs get ready to welcome John long before he arrives home from work, and they always come and remind me when it's time for their dinner. How in the world do they know? We used to have a cat that our neighbour fed for us whenever we were gone for a few days, he would trot over there at feeding time every day - except on the day we were coming home, then he would wait on our front doorstep and proceed to scold us for being away.
Of course there are exceptions, a couple near to us have a badly behaved rather large bearded colllie cross called Gandalf, they have had their money refunded from 3 different training schools because each said Gandalf is untrainable. Perfect example of the wrong dog and owners - the woman cannot take him out because she cannot control him, so he has to wait until the man comes home.
TE, I've only ever done one ultra race, 40 miles so I can't really say much about the effect but I start running again a couple of days afterwards. I would agree that dogs do share some sort of communication, my two definitely seem to pick up on stuff from each other or even from me, I find it odd when I'm about to go out and turn around to find both dogs behind me, wagging their tails ready to go too, and that's before I've picked up my keys or anything. No idea how they know.
Bright sunshine this morning but it does feel cooler. Last night was very peculiar, every single person had some sort of problem with their dog not obeying a command they have done dozens of times, some didn't sit when told, another lagged behind the handler, one stood still, one handler had to tell his dog 4 times to sit - my Charlie went into the down position ok, but next time I looked he was standing! To top it all, I had to give Nemo his commands umpteen times before he would run around the hides. Never seen this before, obviously sometimes a dog will get something wrong but not every single one. Must have been something in the air!
Sounds like my kind of race, Redhead - you know how I love rain. And cake. Well done on your cake trophy as well as your race!
Thank heavens, the excessive heat seems to have gone away, today is overcast. The weathermen are saying the high temperatures are unlikely to return to the level we've been having. The dogs are definitely happier, yesterday they went outside and came right back in.