As Theo gets older, I'm starting to think more and more about the activities and classes I want to do with him. I definitely want to try a little bit of everything. So far the obedience classes are going great, and both Theo and I have a ball every week. He's finished puppy kindergarten, and after puppy elementary, there's still basic obedience (the trainer might suggest we skip this if Theo excels in puppy elementary), and intermediate obedience, in which Theo will (*hopefully!*) earn his CGC. Plus, the trainer also teaches classes in agility (2 classes!) and rally (3 classes!). So far all of those classes sound like fun to me! And there's also just regular "pay and play" classes as well, which is just straight socialization. Hey, it's better than the dog park.
Another activity I've been looking into is herding. Theo is so bossy, I think he would really take to it. I looked around my area and there's a place that does herding instinct testing and lessons (if the instinct is there, of course) that's only just a few minutes away. What luck! I think the real trick will be whether he can get over his fear of the animals he's supposed to herd. The herding itself he'll probably be fine with, but he's such a chicken! Theo would be interested in the sheep/cattle/ducks, but if he were tested today, he would probably eye them from behind the safety of my ankles! Hehe.
What about you guys? Have you done any classes with your dog? Obedience, agility, rally, herding, etc.? Are there any fun activities I'm blatantly missing here?
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