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Tales of a Terrier

Obedience Class Graduation!

April 27th 2006 10:08 pm
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Monday was the last day of my obedience class at "Anything is PAWSible."
Since I recently lost a lot of my hearing, my mom had taken the class with me both as a "brush up" and to train me for more hand signals, since I didn't know hand signals for every cue word she'd taught me (a lot of them I did...)

The graduation day was so much fun! First we went through a lot of the obedience we had learned in class, and I did very well at that.
Then, we played "My Dog Can Do That." (a dog board game where you, the dog, have to do different things to get points.) My mom was a little disappointed at first because our instructor Rendy only had the obedience-related cards... The other times we've played that game, I always do really well at the trick-type cards but there were none in class (it makes sense since it was an obedience class...)
Anyway, I still did really well despite it only being obedience-related. The way we played was whichever dog had the most points at the end of the game would get to pick the first prize from a pile of toys! I did great, I did not miss any of the cards that were for me or any "steal" cards... "Steal" cards are if another dog did not do what the card said, all the other dogs got a chance to do it for 1 point each. In some cases after a dog did the thing on the card, the instructor asked everyone else to try it (just to see if we could do it) and I did miss 1-2 of those, but those were not for any points.
When the game was over, there was a three-way tie for first! I was one of the tie dogs! The tie-breaker was going to be a long down-stay. Whichever dog could stay the longest would win. My mom didn't think I would win because I am a terrier and the concept"stay" is very difficult for us terriers, so I am not usually that good at it... I surprised her though-- I won!! I did the longest down-stay out of the three dogs, and so I got to pick the first toy. I was very happy because I LOVE TOYS! I chose this cool lizard bungee plush thing and I started carrying it around and playing with it right away in class. Maybe I'll take a photo of me with it and post it up here...
After the game, we all got a piece of cake. I didn't like to too much because it was not really cake but actually canned dog food shaped into a dog-bone shape with a biscuit on top, but I ate it anyway.
I got a neat certificate of completion for going through the class, and the instructor said I would be perfect for the advanced class...
This class was a lot of fun, and not just because of the graduation day! I am hoping to go back for the next advanced class. Unfortunately that won't be until mid-June...


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