Today Molly and I competed at a KC affiliated obedience show - first time for both of us. We didn't exactly cover ourselves with glory. We were in two classes and sadly were eliminated in the beginners, as Molly took off out of the ring to get to my OH. We were allowed to complete the round as training. A (very) little better in pre-beginners, in that we weren't eliminated! The rings were in a huge barn with a sand floor ( which I later found had held livestock till recently). Molly had her nose down for a fair proportion of our heelwork and when doing the recall she zig-zagged around sniffing, though did eventually come to me. ( It felt like ages but OH says it was really less than 10 seconds.) Must admit I wasn't prepared for the great gap between where we are and what competition level is! However the stewards, judges and everyone were very kind and encouraging and I wasn't made to feel useless. Other positives - Molly had to do four stays (sit and down for each class) and these were all fine, which pleased me as in training she often lies down in the middle of a sit-stay. The other good thing was her retrieve - she waited until told to move, collected the dumbbell and held it in a sit until told to give. I spent several weeks working on this during the summer, so glad it worked! As by then we were doing a training round, the judge commented that retrieving was obviously her strength. Ironic as I always thought heelwork was her strength! Also delighted with her out-of-ring behaviour - amid crowds of people and dogs she walked quietly on a loose lead. Strangely I don't feel too bad. A lot to work on, but we'll press on. Very few Labs there, mostly border collies/ working sheepdogs plus a fair number of golden retrievers and German shepherds.