Not on my watch!

I’ve told you about some of the things that I did to liven up puppy classes, I don’t know why the trainer called it causing chaos! After I stopped going to puppy classes, we tried several different classes for adult dogs. Most of them were fairly dull, but we found one we enjoyed.

A farmer allowed the trainer to hold classes in one of his barns that he didn’t use very much. There were all kinds of interesting smells and lots of space. After attending the intermediate class for a few months, I joined the advanced class. There were only about a dozen of us. There was one Labrador who was just having fun and spicing up her training like me, the rest of the class were all Border Collies who entered obedience competitions.

This particular week, we were doing our off lead heel work. We all had a turn at using as much of the barn as we wished, while the other bipeds and dogs sat and watched from one end of the barn. When it came to our turn my biped left her bag behind the chair, as she usually did. We moved out into the centre of the barn and my biped asked me to sit and then she removed my lead and draped it round her neck. The trainer then asked us to go through the moves we’d been learning. I watched my biped closely and did everything she asked, I could tell she was really pleased with me.

The trainer said, “Clowie’s working really well with you this week. She’s really giving you her attention. Have some fun together and mix things up, show us what you can do!”

My biped decided to pick up the pace a bit. We started jogging and she kept making sudden changes of direction. I could tell my biped was having fun, so it was a shame when something more important needed my attention. I gave one warning bark and tore off across the barn. I arrived by the chairs and barked twice at Tommy. He immediately started grovelling – he didn’t want any trouble.

Border Collie, black and white

I don’t have a photo of Tommy, but he looks a lot like this dog

Attribution: By Lilly M (za zgodΔ… mojej znajomej – wikipedystki) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

The trainer asked, “What was that all about?”

My biped, who was running across the barn in my direction replied that she didn’t know.

Tommy’s biped piped up, “I know! Don’t worry, everything is fine now.”

My biped arrived and clipped the lead to my collar.

Tommy’s biped continued, “Clowie was quite within her rights. I was enjoying watching you working together and I didn’t notice Tommy had slipped his collar. Clowie caught him with his head in your bag! I expect he was after treats. Clowie warned him and he started grovelling. I don’t think he’ll try to take anything from your bag again.”

The trainer said, “Clowie has shown you all how observant a Pyrenean Mountain Dog is. Whatever else she’s doing, her real focus is on protecting her biped and even her belongings!”

It was the end of the evening and everyone wanted to tell me how clever I was to catch Tommy red-pawed. They told my biped how safe they would feel if they knew that I was protecting them. They were impressed that I could do obedience work and still not miss a thing that was happening.

See you next Wednesday!

92 thoughts on “Not on my watch!

  1. You’re an awesome doggie!! Paws up, dude!!


  2. Cascadian Nomads

    Nicely done, Clowie. Wilhelm has also stopped paying attention to his human during off-lead heel work but his efforts were rarely as noble- often an abandoned treat on the floor was more important than a human or her belongings!

    • Thank you. I can understand Wilhelm wanting to clean up the floor. I often helped the Labrador do that during quiet spells in the class!

  3. Pawsome work detective brilliant Clowie. We’re so impressed you didn’t let Tommy grab your treats and trespass into your mummy’s bag. Way to go, Clowie!! wag wag, Max & Bella

    • Thank you, it’s important to look after my bipeds – and our stuff! You’re up bright and early this morning, or it’s probably more accurate to say up late last night!

  4. Clowie that was pawsome, I wouldn’t have noticed BOL..Being a Collie myself we are rather nosy. An open bag is an invitation we can’t refuse. πŸ™‚ Have a super week, catch ya next Wednesday xxoxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • There isn’t a lot that I don’t notice. I wouldn’t want to argue with you Mollie, but I’d have to have a stern word if you were in my biped’s bag! Have a great day!

  5. Impeccable guarding as usual dear Clowie!

  6. Nice work Clowie! I probably would have helped snaffle the treats:)

  7. That is quite clever Clowie. A good testament to all your training and abilities. The fact that you can multitask by doing your demo for the humans and keep up with what’s going on in your Momma’s purse — goes to further demonstrate your talent. There is none other like you Clowie – you are one of a kind! HIGH – PAWS to you (er, soft high-paws, since you have that kung-fu chop hi–five that can knock down a chihuahua like me ;o)

    • Thank you, I like to know everything that’s going on around me. I would be very careful if you were nearby. I usually settle down on the ground so that I don’t scare smaller dogs. I generally leave the high-paws to others now – I keep that in reserve as the ultimate weapon!

  8. Clowie well done..observant and keen to act on a suspicion..want to be careful you aren’t signed up by the elite services!!!!! no more lovely comfy life for you then..perhaps be a little less alert next time hehehe πŸ™‚ hugs Fozziemum xx

  9. Well done Clowie! You’re a star!

  10. Clowie …. well done you. No way should you allow some other dawg steal your treats.
    Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  11. You are an amazing multi-tasker, C. Well done! I can barely keep attention on Mom while I’m wearing my leash. Mom says it’s the jackasses that live in my head distracting me…..

    Love and licks,

  12. You’re so smart Clowie and I sure would love to have someone as protective as you on my side!!! I know my pawrents would protect me but I’m hardly ever outside anywhere to NEED protection! In my middle age I’m turning into a real lap kitty. HAHAHA I’m sure your bipeds are very proud of the fact that you’re so very smart at your classes…..I bet the other dogs look up to you!

    Kitty Hugs, sammy

    • Hi Sammy! My cats like to know I’m around, they come to me if anything worries them. You’re safer indoors in the warm. Enjoy your hugs with your mom!

  13. Nice work my friend. Dog school in Europe was much more fun than here in the US. My school was out on the dike, and in an old barn. Here they stick you in a big room with cement floors and stuff…boring! I promise to never mess with your treats!

    • Thank you, Emma! I’m glad you won’t mess with my treats. I don’t suppose that Katie would allow me to tell you off without having a word with me – and the bipeds would probably find that worrying!

  14. Clowie you are amazing! Well done on keeping an eye out for bag introoders!! Tommy will think twice when you are around, I’m sure!!

  15. Kudos, sweet Clowie!!! Amazing job obeying, following and protecting. Hugs and nose kisses

  16. Good for you Clowie! I need you here to teach some Border Collie neighbors some manners!!! Maybe they would slow down enough to observe your good behavior. Such a good girl!

  17. Your doing very well, beautiful dog. By the way, I’m a new follower of your blog via Bloglovin. Have a lovely Wednesday.

  18. You are a super bodyguard or bag-guard :o) Think all your anchestors are proud of you now. My mom is deep impressed about Tommy, she would like to know how he learnt this trick (yes, I know. she is unearthly)

  19. You should apply for a job as a police dog, heard benefits are good.

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