the last time i wrote in my training bloggies, it was time for celebration. yep, with a big exhale, i became an official alumni of the ruffian class. Whew.. except no no no, there is no break in my lifelong training plan. my behaviorist, Dr. D'arpino from the ARL of Boston recommended more exposure to non-reactive dogs so i learn proper social skills & body language. mom went ahead and talked the instructor into mixing his obedience class aka Good Dog Class with both ruffian alumni and regular/non-reactive doggies. (funny, Norwood's in the class...i'll be learning from his goofy self..humph)
Good Dog 201 class means no barriers, complete visual exposure and a variety of doggies coming each week. But i'm doing it..doing it, doing it right (song by ll cool j) no grrs grrrs from me- well, maybe on rare occasion when the little white jumping pom pomerian is near me.(can you really take the junkyard out of a girl completely!) otherwise, nope- no problems watching other doggies, or walking with all 5 +me on the floor at the same time.in fact it's furry entertaining..
truthfully, the only problem is .. this class requires mucho energy! Paul's got me walking fast, slow, heel, down, sit, turn, and now he wants us to perform tricks to show how my behavior can shaped. i mean, i get pooped. What do i hear? a shout out from Paul saying, "tula is your emergency brake still on?? or Hey, Flash!" I thought he understood when he told the class you can't teach speed. But, then yesterday, he specifically eyeballed me when he said 'work on speed!" which is it? pugeepers.
At the end of class, i let out a big Wroo Wrooooo. It's hard to watch everyone leave:( then mom tries to walk me after the hour of non-stop do this- do that... at some point I have to call the shots.
Here I'll show you..(try to keep your bearings AND keep up-ha!)
(Notice my tactics: whenever i don't want to walk too far or in a direction...
simply stop & look where i want to go.
Works everytime! who's the boss of who?!)
being a good dog is exhausting!
This is such a sad time in the DWB community
please take good care of yourselves- especially
those who lost a special furry family member:)
Sorry 4 being MIA in the DWB... mom's stuck under a HUGE pile of paperwork. and can't get up. Use your LIfe Alert! geepers. Every Sunday Norwood's mommie, my Aunt Debi ( i call her Aunt BEE!) comes over for dinner. Yoohooo.. she always brings my favorite things! WrOO Wooo.. COOKIES! Except sometimes it's hard to control myself long enuff especially when she wants to snap photos of me. Geepers.. hello, i can only do one thing at a time. COOKIES COOKIES COOKIES! GIMME GIMME GIMME!
mmmm.. what's that?!
wait i need a drink
i know she wants me to go on my beddy bye.
YOU'RE MINE NOW! YES! HEAD FIRST!
What else do ya got? !
DONT' FORGET TO WAG BY THE MANGO MINSTER 2010 DOG SHOW - NOW IN PROGRESS! MY JUDGING DEBUT IS COMING UP SHORTLY.. YOU'LL EVEN GET A CHANCE TO SEE ME ALL FANCIED UP IN MY FORMAL ATTIRE. A SIGHT 2 SEE!