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Old 09-15-2009, 11:05 AM
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Our obedience classes!

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We're in obedience classes and I hope you don't mind if I keep you updated while we complete them?

Afterwards, we plan on the canine good citizen test (I'm a volunteer pet therapist, and for Mikey to do the program he needs that first) and then hopefully agility or flyball or something! We don't want to compete-just keep him happy, exercised and engaged.

Our first lesson was in the park one-on-one because we could not make the class. (It was actually two in one, we couldn't make the first two)-so we learned sit from the side and front, down from the side and front and heel. Mikey did wonderful-he's such a pleaser. He did not know anything when we got him but he really seems to want to learn things!

Our very first 'in class' lesson was Sunday. Mikey was a little anxious (he's a bit of an anxious dog, given his past-understandable) but he did wonderful and this class we worked on recall and stay-which he did great at-recall was the first thing we 'taught' him ourselves at home so he's ahead of the class so far!

Next Sunday, before the class the instructor is having a bbq in the dog park for us to come to and doing a FREE introduction to tracking and a free introduction to agility! I'm so pumped for it, I think he'll love it! Can't wait
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nice !! tracking is fun hehehe i just started working with noel on the agility but for sum reason she gets half way through the tunnel and lays down for a nap. i cant wait to hear more on your classes and how he is doing.
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nice !! tracking is fun hehehe i just started working with noel on the agility but for sum reason she gets half way through the tunnel and lays down for a nap. i cant wait to hear more on your classes and how he is doing.
lol...i can just see clover doing the same thing



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what a cool idea.. yeah keep up updated.

I wish I could get into som' group classes for fun...



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Hey Mikey, just wondering where you are doing the training through. Sounds like a cool training class. Would be intersted in checking it out. Is that just a basic training course or a puppy course?

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Hi Mickey (LOL Our names are too similar -this is going to get confusing :P)

It's just basic obedience, she does puppy courses too but Mikey is two so I asked her where we should start and this is it! There are some younger dogs in the class, but some older ones too.

We're doing it though Welcome to packleaderfitness.com

I think she's just local but what I did to find the course/trainer I wanted was spent time online looking at EVERY place in my city that offered obedience.

I looked at reviews and talked to people in the dog park (one course looked good but my friends mother went to it and the lady advocated pinching and hitting the dogs!!)

Basically I chose the course on that her philosophy and methods best matched mine-what I expected and how I wanted my dog treated. Many people train in different ways and I just picked a close fit. So far she and the course seem great! I also chose this over a trainer who comes to your home because I want Mikey exposed to new people/places/dogs as much as possible
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So we had our intro to agility and tracking today at the park and Mikey had so much fun!

She had a whole agility course set up-small equipment b/c it was intro. She walked us through how to get them to do each obstacle, what they were called and what signals/commands to give. By the end of it-Mikey had the best time and could even do it off leash!! I'm one proud mamma

Then the tracking. It was very neat and he seemed good at that too! She had a volunteer make a 'disturbance' by wiping their feet in the dirt, then walk off and hide in the bushes (setting them up for success-so we knew where the lost person was hiding) -then we took each dog up to the spot and said 'SEARCH' and then follow the path to the 'lost child' -if they went off track we were to say 'Phoooey' and put them back on track. It was great for Mikey because the volunteer was two little girls-(He LOVES kids) so finding them was a very high value reward. He did wonderful and really seemed to get it for the second search-we're definitely going to do her 'dog sport' class coming up in November-where you do agilty, freestyle, tracking etc. He really enjoyed himself, and we did too.

He was tuckered out for class tonight even though we put him down for a nap-we did silent hand signals (no verbal command) and commands at a 15ft distance on a long line. He's doing good I'm so happy with this trainer and the classes-will keep you posted after next week's class
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oh that sounds like so much fun! tracking would be very fun, atleast i think it would! i haven't really had a chance to put clover in classes yet, there are only 2 trainers in my town and i've heard some very unfavorable reviews of one of them.i just found out about an adolescent dog class, taught by the other trainer, that is supposed to be very good. good job mikey!



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Tracking is fun. I am happy that your buddy is doing so well and having such a great time.
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Ahhh I missed a class update!

We gradutated this past Sunday. Our teacher brougth grad caps and we took lots of pictures (I haven't uploaded yet!) and she brought "Champagne-well Gingerale...it's the champagne of gingerales!" to celebrate LOL

She is away for a month and gets back in November-then we're going to be taking her Dog Sport class

(from her site) "
Looking for some indoor activities to do with your dog during the winter? This newly added class is a variety of activities at the beginner level to keep your dog mentally stimulated when outdoor activities are impractical. This class incorporates elements of agility, rally-o, scent detection, tricks, freestyle and any other fun indoor activity you'd like to try! "

Sounds like fun
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