06-01-2013, 07:40 PM
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First Puppy Class - ow! but good
The first class tonight was with one other pup that Cobber and I had already met, so I thought it'd be a good experience. Overall, I think it went well. Cobber and I had already worked out "sit" and "down," and we also did things like touch-and-mark and name recognition. All went well till we did an exercise where I was supposed to take hold of Cobber's collar, not hard, just putting a finger under it so he gets used to that. Well, he went ballistic and even though I'd mentioned mouthing as a problem, the teachers were a little surprised by how quickly the situation devolved to Cobber latching onto one hand, and when I got him off, he snapped at the other and got me better than he ever has. I was bleeding for the next half an hour
out of that thumb.
So then they realized what I was dealing with and tied Cobber's leash to a post, had me step on his leash instead of using my hand on the leash, and stand up if he mouthed me at all. I ended up walking away with my back to Cobber at least once, which worked really well. I will need to make sure we always do a session where I can tie or loop his leash onto something, like the red light/green light someone here had suggested. I forget all this when we're out walking and there's nothing available to tie him to. I will make a point of not being in that situation whenever possible.