Guess who was absolutely out-of-this-world amazing at her second puppy class? 😀
Guys seriously, I can’t even describe how good she was!
Really cheered me up! I’ve had a terrible day for hallucinations today, and 90 minutes before we had to set off I had a seizure and fell asleep. When my partner woke me up after I had a nap, I felt so horribly ill, and almost cancelled…really glad we went!!
For starters on the way there for the first time she rode on the floor of a taxi and was just incredible. She sat by my side then eventually tucked under my legs and just lay with her chin on the floor – omb the cuteness!
At class we arrived 20 minutes late (both times we’ve managed to go the taxis we have booked hours in advance have been 20 minutes late getting to us ) and were thrown in at the deep end by immediately getting up and having to work on heel with two other puppies.
The training hall is pretty small so normally two puppies heel at once, and even then it’s hard to avoid the row of puppies to the side all scrabbling to say hello. Well this class Sasha was in a group of three working on heeling at once, agh!
After heeling we worked on sit stay and down stay. I was a little worried Sasha wouldn’t lie down at class as it’s still a fairly recent trick and we’ve never practiced it anywhere but home, unlike sit. Also we’d NEVER worked on down stay just sit and stand stay.
Well, she absolutely aced that!
This week I had her lead on the floor instead of having to hold it as she was doing so well, and even when the Viszla puppy next to us would break her stay and come over or the owner would back right up to Sasha, Sasha would hold her stay and do engage-disengage 😀
At one point I did have to get Sasha to do a ‘touch’ as otherwise the Viszla’s owner would have backed into and stood on Sasha >__<
It was an incredibly noisy class this week – along with the Viszla who is vocal, there was a new Collie/Collie x Springer puppy that just barked hysterically the entire class XD
After heeling we then did off lead recall where my partner takes Sasha to one side of the hall, and I call her at the opposite end. Sasha has to run to me past allll the other puppies, owners and the trainer, then I reward her and my partner calls her back. She was amaaaazing!
Not only did she come straight to us with no interest in anybody else, but she looked so damn happy and boundy doing so XD
After that we did more work on sit and down stays, and whilst everybody else was doing that I did some work on stand stays too, as that’s important for assistance dogs too!
Then we did another round of heeling, and class was over!
This week our favourite trainer was on holiday so the other trainer ran class, and although she claims to be positive reinforcement (she’s not…) she’s really not as good at all. Thankfully nothing she did or said affected Sasah – it could have, but I was able to react quickly as I had treats in my hand! Obviously with either trainers if they asked to use Sasha as a demo dog we’d say no though 😀
Video from class, just a short one during our stay work!
With class finished Sasha got to say to an adorable American Bulldog puppy and her friend Panda, a JRT that she fell in love with on her first puppy class three weeks ago 🙂
We then left the facility and mooched to a shop to buy more treats, then walked to the nearest bus stop and caught the bus back.
Honestly guys, I am so SO proud of her ^__^
And when we got home, potato puppy was being quiet in her crate!! Yay and woohoo!
Here are some pics of Toller as an added bonus 😉