January 10th 2013 6:23 pm
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Well mom and I just got home from my first class. Mom likes this trainer alot. She said, she's so different from the last trainer and wishes I had done my STAR class with them. But, moving forward... There are 4 other dogs in this class - 2 people didn't show up. A newfie, Dillon; a German Shorthair, Carley; a Golden Retriever, Lela; and a labradoodle, didn't catch his name. When mom was signing in, the trainers husband took me for a walk around the place. He was a really nice guy and I liked him alot! The trainer told mom that Dillon, the newfie, has some dog reactive. No problem. Well it was a problem. I'll explain in a minute.
So we all sat down and the trainer asked us to do a few things to see where we are in our training. Sit, handle your dogs ears/paws, walk on a loose lead and leave it. Sit, I've got down no problem. Handle ears and paws - love it! Leave it, I'm not bad at either. Walk on a loose lead - what?? in front of all of these new people that I can't stop looking at!? Well the trainer came over and had something wonderful in her hand. OMG what is it I will follow you anywhere, sniff, sniff!
Then the trainer said something to mom and boy did it click. Mom told her about having a reactive dog before and this class is just as much for mom as it is for me. That mom wants to learn how to read/talk to me. The trainer said, you had a reactive dog, you were focused on what was around you so you could redirect and control. You need to focus on Grunt (me!!) and realize he is nothing like your other dog. Well mom took the yummy smelling thing and walked me all over by my nose! It was fun. Mom was giving me so much praise that I started to prance! Yea!! We're off to a great start! Mom's doing really well in my class! :):)
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I just cried reading that ! Its SO hard to let the past go.. but when you do... its a WHOLE NEW WORLD !!
Joy joy joyyyyyyyyyyy !!
WELL DONE... both of you !!!
so glad that you are both enjoying your class and you will both excel very well