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Miss Post’s Doggie Finishing School

July 27, 2008

G is officially a student.  We have enrolled him – and ourselves – in basic obedience classes, which I prefer to call Doggie Finishing School.  Our first lesson was last Sunday and let me say that our Golden Retriever represented the breed.  If it had not been for the overachieving Labrador Retriever, G would have been the star pupil of the class.  Yes, I am that kind of mother.

We were somewhat concerned that he would get overwrought with meeting all of the other dogs, but he did very well.  He also made a new little friend – a Catahoula/Australian Shepherd mix puppy who just adored him.  Unfortunately, that puppy is going to puppy school next time, since Basic Obedience is for adult dogs.  There is also a German Shepherd who Mr. X has labeled “Cujo” since it does the whole scary-attack-dog bark very well.  G has no interest in her.

We’ve been working on this week’s homework – learning ‘down’ from a standing position (which he picked up on about the fourth try – my boy is so smart!), walking on lead – he does beautifully when there are no other people around, but typical Golden that he is he wants to get to the people and so we are learning to be patient and let the people come to us, and come.  G is so food oriented, though, that the minute he hears the cabinet open, he comes anyway for the treat, so I’ll have to get a little more sneaky on how I can get him to actually come to me on command rather than because he hears the treats.

There is no class this week, so we’ll have an extra week before we can go back and G can confirm all of the best Golden stereotypes (and I can be a showbiz mom).

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2008 10:17 pm

    You must be so proud of G!

  2. July 28, 2008 6:56 am

    I love going to classes with Riley. We finished the Puppy class and the Basic class and in September will begin the intermediate class. That reminds me, we need to get back into daily lessons. Good luck with class, no worries I am one of those moms too.

  3. July 30, 2008 7:01 pm

    So happy G is doing so well. You must be stellar puppy parents … unlike us, who were told that our puppy needed remedial classes. Oh, the SHAME!

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