Little Timmy Elijah Love started puppy class yesterday. By the amount of paperwork mama had to fill out and the volume of pre-class homework, you’d think the little one was applying to an ivy league school!
The school mama chose is called The Right Steps and was recommended by a number of chums plus our vets at Blue Ravine Animal Hospital. The instructor, Cindy, allows only 6 pups per class — you can see this is very exclusive training!
Timmy has only met a few other dogs and mama thought he might be a barker, as he does bark when he sees other dogs. As they were approaching the classroom, Timmy woofed at the other students but once they entered, he was completely silent. Good boy!
Folding chairs lined the room and the class was instructed to spread out, giving each pupil a little personal space.
Max, an extremely hyper and vocal toy Australian Shepard, had to stay behind a screen as he was upsetting the other dogs. Poor Max — he was just really excited to be there. Next to Timmy sat a Golden Retriever named Bentley, who was so shy he barely came out from under his parent’s chair.
The other puppies in attendance were Sophia, a tiny miniature Dachshund, Rufus the Great-Dane mix and Sejean, a Husky who was the star pupil of the day.
Lessons for the first class were learning to “sit”, “come” and how to play nicely with new friends. Timmy, like me, excelled at the social part of the class and he was eager (without barking) to meet and sniff his classmates.
Learning is exhausting work and towards the end of class, Timmy E was having a hard time keeping his eyes open. He slept the entire ride home and even had a late dinner, as he couldn’t wake from his post-class nap.
Mama and Timmy have loads of homework this week. I’d like to help from my heavenly place, but to be truthful I wasn’t the greatest with my doggie school lessons. I may even have been the first canine to claim “the dog ate my homework” in puppy kindergarten!
Have you pups gone through any formal training, obedience or agility training? I’d like to hear about your experiences.
Sending you peace, wags and heavenly love!