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The Best Dog
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.55

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    corrugated, tube-shaped, uncertain, doggy, glee, backed, onto, hesitate, rough, side, obstacle, lead, longer, member, cocked, tunnel


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The Best Dog
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     David lay on his side inside the compressed, corrugated agility tunnel. His half-grown Doberman puppy sat waiting on her lead at the other end a little ways off. She was not sure she wanted to walk into the strange tunnel.
 
2     "Come, Jean," said David as he held out a treat toward her as far as he could reach.
 
3     Jean's head cocked, listening to him, and she stretched her nose toward him. She took one uncertain step and then another.
 
4     "What a good girl, Jean," said David in a soft voice. "What a good dog."
 
5     Finally, she was close enough and took the treat from his fingers. David backed up a little and kept calling the puppy to follow him. Soon they were both out, and the puppy wiggled with excitement.
 
6     When David tried to call Jean through the tunnel again, she was no longer afraid. She ran through to the boy because she knew a treat was coming. Jean loved treats.
 
7     It was the first day of agility class. Mom had suggested that David take part because it would help him to understand their puppy, Jean, better.
 
8     Soon Jean did not hesitate to run through the short tunnel, and it was time to try another thing. They would try the chute. It was like a barrel at one end. The other end was a piece of tube-shaped fabric that lay on the ground.
 
9     Jean was not afraid of the barrel, but she did not know what to do with the fabric.

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