So if you've read any of my previous posts related to Dewi's and my recent basic obedience class, you might know that the class had been somewhat of a struggle - namely me struggling to keep Dewi from dragging me over top of every other dog in the class (except the mastiff). Oh and there was some trouble with boredom and treat value (nutritional and otherwise). Oh, *who* am I kidding? The class sucked. There; I said it. End of post.
In my struggle to form coherent, useful and deeply meaningful reflections about this experience, I have decided that I will spare you that. Instead, I'm just going to summarize each week with a sentence and then it'll be done. So here we go:
(1/3) Week One: Dewi behaved like a juvie Cardigan delinquent and I was humiliated.
(1/10) Week Two: I expected Dewi to behave like a juvie; therefore, he miraculously did not.
(1/17) Week Three: In anticipation of heel work, I brought Slim Jim; I also copped an attitude.
(1/24) Week Four: Boredom set in and Slim Jim quit; also, I was angry and needed to eat humble pie.
(1/31) Week Five: I skipped class so I could de-dog my house with various cleaning products.
(2/7) Week Six: I got leash burn on my hand because Dewi missed seeing his peeps from Week Five.
(2/14) Week Seven: I ordered a McDonald's cheeseburger (in the drive-thru) for Dewi's training treat (then went on an extended guilt trip).
(2/21) Graduation: I used a cooked Oscar Mayer Hardwood Smoked Turkey wiener for treats and as a result, Dewi: rarely took his eyes off me, performed all basic commands, ignored other dogs and handlers, walked on a loose lead and received his graduation diploma.
|All-natural Wonder Drug|
- Training should be fun (and challenging, but not boring).
- Stepping on a dog's lead will prevent the dog from pulling in class.
- Gently placing one's hand on a dog's back and the other through its collar will prevent the dog from jumping up on people from a sit.
- Oscar Mayer Hardwood Smoked Turkey franks have miraculous powers.
What next? We're taking a training class hiatus. Next on the agenda: Sheep (later spring; stay tuned)
|You ready for me, sheeps?|