|Barked: Thu Mar 22, '07 9:57pm PST |
|Beaner graduates next week from his basic obedience class..it's taught by a local vet who also shows dogs. Beaner's class is large..about 30 dogs. They range in size from a yorkie, to several great danes. Beaner is one of the smaller dogs in class. He did fine- the whole idea is that I recognize his tendency to snarfiness, and BEFORE that ever happens, he is TRAINED to respond to me. We walk through huge groups of people,kids,dogs, and while Beaner may become interested, he now follows my command and heals. The obedience class is the reason.
We don't go to dog parks....in Nashville PBs are banned from dog parks. But, we go onleash to all the parks, trails, and greenways...Beaner and Agadore his standard poodle brother hooked together on one leash. We get a lot of looks. But Beaner gets socialized within the limits I feel safe with. I would never do the dog park, because there are just too many people who turn their dogs loose and don't supervise properly. It's too much stimulation.
Good luck finding a class... trust me. You're better off not having the instructor who banned you teaching you...doesn't sound like there's too many active brain cells in that noggin.