We have a four month old puppy. She has a lot of spunk and energy, and a very, very strong will. Two weeks ago, we started school with her. She is officially enrolled in obedience classes for five weeks. She is in a rather large class. There were close to 20 dogs, and probably 35 owners at our first night of class. We had everything from tiny little terriers to very large and clumsy lab puppies, and one German Shepherd pup. Everyone but one little Blue Heeler seemed happy to be there. All the other pups and dogs had tails wagging and were friendly and playful with one another.
Our first lesson was "Let's Go" and "Sit." My pup paid attention most of the time. She had a lab pup next to her, and it took all her will to not pounce and play through the entire class. They were about the same size, but two months age difference, my Golden being the younger of the two. Everyone was doing pretty well, until all the sudden, someone started to bark, then another, and another, and two more. My girl was the beginning barker. The neighbor horses decided to come to the fence, which was only a couple feet behind where we were sitting. My girl decided these large, scary creatures did not look like everyone else around the circle and so she told them so. Now, she has seen horses before, but these were encroaching upon her doggy class, and she wasn't so sure what to do about it. Needless to say, we got a visit from the teacher who thought taking her over to the fence would help, but it only made her more upset. I feared we would be sent to the principals office the first night of class. In a sense, we were, as they made us go to the indoor arena and get a new collar on our girl "to better control her."
We are now in the second week, and she has learned sit, lay down, let's go, and we are working on heal and stay. She also loves to retrieve her ball and bring it back, and most of the time she drops it when told.
Schooling for her can be a bit challenging as she appears to have a case of what we call the butterfly syndrome. She will be very well behaved and paying attention, when suddenly, BUTTERFLY! Or CAT! Or BUG! Or PERSON! OR...........anything that moves! The teacher assured us she will grow out of this syndrome.
So, as my husband and I attend school with our pup, we are all learning. Although we have had dogs before, this one is definitely her own personality, so back to school is a good place for all of us to be so we can have a well trained, well behaved adult dog. Well, we can at least hope.
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