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Private lesson and my first Grocery Store

October 23rd 2009 1:11 pm
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First of all mom's knees have been really bad latley and last night in bed she moved wrong and made her left one get all big looking. This morning we had our private lesson with our trainer at the outdoor mall. Well mom was not going to miss that so she wrapped up her knee and off we went. At first I was my usual brainless self then in 5 minutes or so my brain arrived. Mom worries to much, the trainer said I am doing great. During the lesson the trainer pointed out things mom could improve on. When the lesson was over mom asked her how she thought we were doing for me only going to be 10 mos. next week. She said great and excellant for a terrier. She said she knew people who had terriers who were not even housebroken at my age let alone all that I know. She said that mostly I know all the basics and now comes the slower more patient training of perfecting it. Becasue my trainer knows my mom likes honesty she told mom, her "no's" suck(darn) and that she needs to tell me how good I am doing more often(I agreed). She said the main thing is mom's timing and consistancy. She also said mostly I just need to go out in public everyday and work. Since I have perfected home I need to move on( I agree, cause I love going places). So then Mom and I headed home(it is about 20 minutes). On they way mom remembered we were out of lunchmeat. She only buys one brand and at one store(picky). It was on the way home and she did not want to go out later. She was not sure about taking me to the grocery for the first time and by herself(Her and I have not done public by ourselves) and then she rembered what our trainer said. She thought what the heck, I only need just the one item and the store is very quiet this time of day. This chain of stores also has big signs "service animals welcome" she had allready decided this would be a good practice store. So she found a good parking spot, put my vest on, made me go pee and off we went. Mom was suprised I was perfect, she just has no faith in me. We went straight to the deli counter. No one was there so mom ordered one of the meats and then to the restrooms. When we came back there were 3 people at the counter. We hung back near a display. Mom put me on a down stay. When it was out turn mom told the lady the rest of the order and we just stayed there and waited. Some other people showed up and stood around us. I did very good and stayed put. Then our order was ready so mom tried something. She dropped my leash and told me to stay and she went and got her order. Came back and picked up my leash, told me heel and off we went. We heard about 3 wow's as we walked off. We practice this all the time but never in a store. Both of us walked out with our heads a little swollen. I behaved perfect at my first time at the checkout. Many people asked questions and could not believe I behaved that well for my age, my mom explained that many SDIT act this well at this age it just requires a lot of training. Now mom is sitting in the recliner with an ice pack on her knee typing this for me. I am just taking a VERY BIG NAP. Tomarrow we are going to another dog party Yea!!!


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Barked by: Ollivander (Dogster Member)

October 23rd 2009 at 5:30 pm

Wooo hoooo! Awesome job! I knew you could do it! Mom's timing sucks sometimes, too. Recently she's started videotaping herself (well having daddy do it) so she can see how off her timing is, and work on fixing it. Can't wait to read about more of your adventures!

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