Several months after posting “her hopeless handler”, I can now happily report that I consider myself Lila’s hopeful handler. Things are definitely looking up. Her behaviour is not perfect, but she does what she’s told more often than not.

We recently attended an obedience course at the Kintala Club. Training that relies on food not force. Designed to help you and your dog at the end of six weeks pass a ten-task test. And proudly strut away with an Ideal Dogs of Australia certificate (given Lila’s high spirits and selective hearing, the prospect of this had initially seemed remote).

In the video, you will observe our not very polished dress rehearsal (the last session before the dreaded test). We were practicing standard stuff as well as a few handy extras like calmly exiting a car, ignoring a bicycle whizzing past and “mealtime manners”.