When they were "let loose" to do the puppy play thing...four dogs cowered under their chairs, and two dogs went happily forward to play. Hudson was rolling around the floor with his new friend, Dozer (medium sized black dog) within seconds. I felt badly for the other owners as the class was definitely monopolized by the two of them.
He also made us proud by crying to go out early in the session (made not one but two separate poops out there!) and by scratching at the door toward the end (all that playing and running makes a young lad need to pee!) We were such proud parents.
When it was time to do the come command with distractions the trainer said that our two crazy puppies would be the hardest to recall, but they both did it like pros. Even I was shocked. (He's okay with come in the house, but not usually with distractions.) We've thanked him profusely for making us all look good.
If he were a human, I'd slip him twenty bucks as a thank you!
I'm thinking that evil puppy may have a smattering of goodness after all...and the best bonus of all.....he slept all day after such an exciting morning. I can hardly wait for next week's class.
|AWWWW!!! Way to go Hudson...
|That is wonderful!!
I'm glad Hudson had a good experience his 1st night at class. That is so important.
|Way to go Hudson! I laughed when you said the instuctor asked his age twice! I think this goes to show that in general, OES are not all the prevelant in puppy classes. I remember when I went thru my 1st obedience class with Melody (age 5 month at the time). I was commenting not being able to figure out why it was was so much harder for me than the others when it came to getting the dogs to do about turns etc. My husband just laughed & said the majority of the people were hauling around dogs that were anywhere from 3 pounds to possibly 15 lbs. and some of those were full grown! And there I was with a 5 month old girl weighing in between 40-50 pounds! Keep going to classes! You'll have those instuctors looking at your OES in a totally different way after awhile!|
|Summer loved her puppy classes, and she is so social with other dogs now, not like my yorkie. The only down side is puppy classes were at her vets. We go to the vets she gets excited another dog comes in and she thinks it must want to play!
We need to find more training classes the ones mu hubby was going to work outside in the summer months and they go for long walks and hubby cant manage them.
|When we left the class the room was carpeted in Hudson fur. He was so happy, and airborne most of the time, and his new best friend Dozer kept grabbing mouthfuls of fur as they played. (No one else was as fluffy, so I doubt there was anyone else's fur there.) The beige floor was obviously grey and fluffy by the end.
My husband was a hit too. He dropped our baggie of treats early on. It was the first thing to get the other four dogs out from under the chairs. I guess it was a cookie scramble. When done, they all ran back to safety.
I am certain, however, that the owners of the other four, quieter, dogs are pretty sick of Hudson already. Whenever we'd "encourage" him to settle so the other dogs might have a chance, the leader of the classes discouraged us from doing so.
It was interesting to see how much the puppy personalities seemed to match the owners. One very timid puppy sat with a gentleman who didn't want to get up and try anything. Another one who started off shy and then warmed up was with a guy who sat back, silently, for the first half of the class, and then came out and joined the action. Dozer's parents were very laid back and open (and so was he), and another little puppy was with a father and daughter team. Dad was very protective of her and so was the puppy.
The one couple who came in and seemed really aloof and stand-offish had a dog who hid under their chairs and violently attacked anything that came near. (Didn't deter Hudson from trying a million times anyway.) He was the doggie equivalent of them! We smiled and tried to make small talk with them, and they abruptly shut us down, too.
The instructor also commented on how gently Hudson takes food from hands. (Finally, something he does unusually well, not unusually badly....)
Also, it was hilarious. We were to let them play for a bit and then call them to come from a corner of the room. We had to change corners repeatedly. Hudson stopped and came every time, however, he always went toward the corner we were in last time BEFORE he turned around and actually looked to see where we were this time. He preferred to do it by memory and not waste the energy actually looking first.
I'm sad that we don't go back for six more days. Hudson loves playing with Portage, but a room full of puppies is just the cat's pajamas!
|great he did so well now on to the cgc|
|Sheepies are natural social animals, some other dogs understand this, others are just plain grumpy.
Oh they have bucket loads of inteligence also.
The CGC is the Canine Good Citizen test, a program of the AKC that promotes responsible dog ownership and a well behaved dog.
I believe Canada has a similar program.??
|Hmmmm...interesting. I've never heard of it before. I'll have to ask around.
Canine Good Citizen, eh? We'll have to get him to stop stealing blankets and stuffed animals first. I hear they have laws against that. LOL
|Here is a link to the AKC page that has the CGC info on it -
It does mention that Canada has a similar program!
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