Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Doggie Reform School
Here we are practicing our first class homework assignment: sit on command for one minute. This class has already been so much fun - the dogs are all so very different and yet fast progress is made. The 1-year old chocolate lab who bounced like a basketball all through the first hour was quiet (tired?) in the second hour. The pit bull who tried to eat all the other dogs in the first 10 minutes was sweet for the rest of the time. My little Gabey experienced a short-circuit of his entire brain for the first half of class, so excited was he to see that many other dogs close up. But he too got a better focus as time went on.
This is my main reason for taking him to reform school: He shorts out around other dogs. By which I mean: wags his tail until he nearly falls over, rushes in to them to lick them, and generally behaves like an edible morsel which for at least some dogs triggers an aggressive response. So I am hoping he can learn to listen and contain himself a little, and we will both be safer & quieter on our walks. If he learns to sit & stay & heel, that will be gravy.