One of the instructors at our dog club very kindly set up an obedience ring and a rally-o course at our dog club today so a few people competing next weekend could get some practice in. We are not ready to compete yet but they were happy for us to come along and have a go through the rally course to see what it's all about and where we need to get to before we can give it a go for real. I know that Ella can perform each task well enough to compete but she struggles to focus and put it all together, especially when there are other people and dogs around (yes @JulieT I can hear you now - proofing proofing proofing ) . Our first run through was a bit crazy and the instructor was very patient and super helpful, encouraging us to break down each step and heavily reward for each correct movement (you're not allowed to use treats when competing but it's fine for learning). Then, our instructor left to help those going for a CCD pass in the obedience ring. No one else was using the rally course so I took Ella in so that we could go through each station separately and have a bit of fun. Mid way through, a lady walks in (she actually competes at a high level but I've never met her before), tells me to stop, there's no point in continuing as we're doing it all badly and we'd fail if we tried to compete like that! She comes straight up to Ella (who is now bouncing like a loon) and tells me that my dog (that she's never met before) is clearly stressed and untrained. What she didn't realise is that I was really pleased with what Ella was doing just before she interrupted. Ella was focused on me and working through the course with me. She also didn't realise that, at this stage, I couldn't care less that Ella's nose wasn't stuck on my leg. As far as I was concerned, she was walking at heel (or near enough to heel) with a loose lead and that was great for us. Instead she interrupted us, humiliated and insulted me and made me never want to show up again. Also, I don't care how well her dog is trained, she doesn't know my dog. I might not know much about training but I know my dog and I know what she looks like when she's stressed. I took it very personally that this woman would suggest that my dog was stressed and, even worse, that I would try and work her if she was. Just feeling a little deflated. Thankfully tomorrow is another day.