|Barked: Sun Feb 10, '13 1:38am PST |
|I signed Rogue up for a second puppy preschool course the other day, so now we have 2 classes a week at different places. He had his first class at Petstock - it was certainly different from the Vets.
For starters there were about 10 puppies there, plus a 9 month old boxer who hadn't been before but was very good. There was also no off leash playtime, although I wasn't sure if that was because there were so many puppies, or if we were in such a big space. Anyway, the lady who runs this program has been a dog trainer for 20 odd years, so she was alot more into the training side of things, while the classes at the Vets focus more on puppy behaviour and health.
We were supposed to be learning sit, but Rogue already knows that so she moved us on to learning heel and sitting at my side. I got some wonderful tips from her, like walking paralell to a brick wall or fence to keep him straight, or walking straight into a wall if he keeps swinging round to sit in front of me. I never thought of doing things like that before, which is stupid because it's the same sort of things I do with my horse when I was teaching him to walk straight
She also said that when playing fetch with puppies, to roll the ball gently in from of them, because they can't see it if you peg it.... Rogue easily fetches up to 100m for me now and he never seems to misplace his toys when I throw them. She did mention he was extremely focused on me though (yay, the first pup I've had who is lol).
Not that he was perfect, he did his lying on the floor barking thing when he realised I wasn't letting him off leash to go and play with the others. *sigh* It makes it very hard to hear anyone when you have 10 puppies barking
Anyway, I am so excited about our next class at the Vets, the week drags by all too slowly waiting for it to come around
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