Desi graduated from her class at Unleashed. I don’t think she was at the top of the class, but she did graduate above the rest since she was the largest dog there.
According to my husband, “My work here is done.” Wrong! Training never stops. This was called a beginning class for a reason. There is so much more that Desi needs to learn. Her distant work leaves little to be desired. Her duration on any of her skills is less than stellar. Yes, there is plenty of training left to do.
But I don’t want to diminish the accomplishments of my husband or Desi during this class. Desi does respond to Al much better now that he took her through this class. He doesn’t always use all the learned cues, but he’s a work in progress.
Desi and Al had a little help from Nicole during the Dress Up Game. The object of this game was to see how many items of clothing could be put on the dog within a certain amount of time. From Desi’s face, I would say she thought the object was torture the dog. There is validity to this exercise, however. Teaching your dog to put up with all sorts of handling is a good idea. If a dog can be calm during this exercise, a dog can be calm in other circumstances as well i.e at the vet’s office if they need to put a bandage on the dog. Desi won the game by a carrot, which was put in her shirt pocket in the last second. Al and Nicole were pleased; Desi was just glad it was all over!
Training should be fun. Games help you teach your dog skills in a fun way. When looking for a training facility ask about their teaching methods. There always should be a fun element as this makes people want to work more often with their dogs. Unleashed and the Dog Spot both use fun and games to teach owners how to control their dogs.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to sign up for some classes and get your dog trained. You will find out it’s a lot of fun and your dog will learn some new skills to help make your animal companion a good citizen in your home and neighborhood.
Congratulations to Desi and Al on their graduation from one of many classes to come. (Don’t tell Al that Desi already had two previous classes…we want him to feel proud of all his accomplishments!)