So last night was the first day of Theo's new obedience class. Since he finished the two puppy classes, this class was his first real big dog obedience class (not all the dogs in this class went through the puppy classes, since obviously not everyone gets dogs as puppies). I thought it would be more of the same classes that we've been doing...but I was, somewhat unfortunately, wrong.
In the puppy classes, about half the class was spent with the puppies just playing with each other. Socialization is important (and giving energetic puppies an outlet is important to tired fur-parents!), and I think it's been the classes that opened Theo up to other dogs. In the new class the dogs have to stay on lease and on task the whole class. In the puppy classes we learned a bunch of commands (sit, down, stand, up, off, etc.) all at once and practiced them a small amount each class. In the new class we only learned sit and did a little walking on the leash...for an hour! We don't even learn down until next class! Theo knows all those commands, so he seemed a little bored (oh wait, that was me), not to mention there were playful pups just feet from him for an hour that he wasn't allowed to play with at all!
It's not a totally bad thing though. Theo is pretty inconsistent. He knows all those commands like a pro, but he doesn't always do what I tell him. For example, we spent a ton of time on sit. Whenever I told Theo to sit, he laid down. It's bad because he wouldn't do what I told him to, but it's good because he generally knew what I wanted. He probably thought he'd try to get an extra big treat for doing one better. By the end of the class I had him back to sitting, thankfully.
At first I was a little insulted the trainer suggested I take Theo to this class rather than skip him ahead to the next one. Especially since he was doing so wonderfully the last couple puppy classes! Why weren't we ready!? I guess since the classes now are so structured, maybe we'll do more complex things towards the end that I haven't done with Theo yet. Maybe he isn't quite there for the next class yet. I'm going to look on the bright side. This is an opportunity to really hone his training. Sure, he has all those basic commands down, but I don't want to stop at the "good enough" point (which I am totally at right now!). Right now Theo is well trained enough to impress people who don't have dogs of their own, but not well enough to impress anyone else who has gone through dog training, and definitely not enough for him to get his Canine Good Citizen certificate (a dream of mine!). The next 6 weeks I'm going to hunker down and get us trained!
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