With the giant pawprints of his Great-Uncle Wesley to fill around here, and being firm believers that there is no such thing as too much training, we knew we had to begin right away if we wanted to fulfill the high hopes and aspirations we had for young David. Once he settled in and bonded with us, it was time to tame the little demon and turn the trust we’d built into some respect. He was a wild little man, but always made good eye contact, and from day one, would go into his “Default Sit” whenever he didn’t know what it was we wanted from him. It was a good place to start.
"Start? Start What?? I thought we were off to a great start. I sat, like, every time they time they told me to. I slept through the night. I peed outside almost all the time. What more could they want?"-Dave
We noticed right away that Dave had a wide stubborn streak and didn’t like being told “No”. Auntie Jen laid the foundation for us, and I worked with him every day ‘til he understood that nobody liked being jumped on, barked at and bitten.
“They don’t like to have any fun.”-Dave
Okay, so the spray bark collar wasn’t a good time. Not to mention Jazzy thought he was a citronella breathing demon, and hated him even more. But the thinking toys and games were fun, and he liked all the treat rewards, so it didn’t take him long to get it.
Once we had the basics down it was time for some formal training.
“Formal training? What have we ‘been’ doing? All the ‘sits’, ‘stays’, downs’, ‘heels’, ‘easys’, waiting for stuff. I know stuff. I know lots of stuff.”-Dave
We signed Dave up for our 15 Week Off-Lead Obedience Class with our partner in Training Khaled, from First Choice Canine. Wasn’t sure how that would go with two of his best friends from Camp also in the class, but once they figured out it wasn't playing time, we were able to get down to business. We had a long way to go and a lot to learn from this first day of Class, but Khaled was a great teacher and got us all on the right path.
Our Boy was a very quick learner, and with lots of practice in between classes, he made the transition from pinch collar to e-collar pretty well.
“Would’ve been easier if my Mom really knew what she was doing.”-Dave
Okay, so it was a big learning experience for me, too. Good thing we had Jen & Jazzy to help whip us into shape. I think they felt bad for us.
“It takes a village.”-Jen
“Someone had to help them.”-Jazz
All of the hard work paid off, and we all graduated in June. That doesn’t mean the Training is done, though. Still lots to learn.
“Are you kidding? What else do I need to know??”-Dave
“Trust me, Dude...it never ends.”-Jazz
Well, if you want to be an upstanding citizen and get to go fun places, then you’ve gotta know how to act in public. If he wasn’t such a hard-working, good Boy, he would’ve missed out on our recent weekend get-a-way to Boston. (Check out the next Newsletter for our review of the Fairmount Copley Plaza Hotel.