We do a lot at the dog park - if there is another dog, she has to do a sit and stay and look at me to get me to open the two gates, and a sit stay while I walk in and walk around, leaving the gate open, of no one else is there, then, after some tearing around, sit, stay and distance work with a ball, heeling, recall, etc. We also practice if there is a dog who isnt interested in playing.I agree. Our weekly playdates have been sanity savers. Since Peggy's been sick, we've skipped the last two, and I'm worried we won't be able to get them back on track.
I need to start working on Peggy's obedience in public spaces, too. She goes through her paces easy peasy at home, but I'm usually too flustered when we're out and about. It's hard to ask a dog to calmly focus on you when you're not calm yourself.
Other than the dog park, is there somewhere you go for practising the basics? I suppose I could go to the far edge of a parking lot. We use spaces like that to practise walking, but I never ask for much more than a loose leash and the occasional sit.
Downtown after dark is my other favourite place to practice, especially for heelwork. Past bars and patios, but little foot traffic. Not busy, lots of good sniffs, not hot. Sometimes daytime can be too stimulating for her downtown (ok, and me, i hate crowds, so I get bothered and she behaves poorly) if its busy, and people are more inclined to bug us. Touristy areas and busy nature trails are great too. We did work in transit stations when she was a puppy. Car dealerships/the mechanics and the vets office are also good places to practice (or were, pre-Covid). Canadian Tire and garden centres, too. I ask for down stay a lot when I browse.