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.


13 comments:

jesterjigger said...

Oh my gosh I want to squeeze the doggie! Soooo cute! I hope he learns to stop imitating a yummy morsel at school. Good luck!

Flying Lily said...

Thank you!! He is a little doll but has no instinct of self-preservation whatsoever...

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Hey-it's a "scooby snack"-LOL.
OMG-he is just too cute...and tiny. I can understand the worry that his happy, wiggly, little self could just disappear down a big boy's throat.

You have been a busy poster-I feel like I have been gone for an eternity...I love the stone fireplace...makes a person wonder doesn't it?

sue said...

Do you know that I am an dog obedience instructor??? I started training in 1987... and run on an average 10 classes a week.. tonite I have three classes graduating... good luck, and keep us up to date!!! best wishes, sue

Flying Lily said...

NECG: It did seem like a long time you were gone! Hope the trip was fun & refreshing. No barn chores for a few days! We missed you.

Sue: I did not know you are a dog obedience instructor! You have my admiration; those people stayed calm through some amazing dog behavior. The graduation must be so cute!! I hope we don't get 'kept back'. Must work on homework.

Flying Lily said...

That's "BECG" up above...

Petrarcha's Muse said...

Oooh! A Cavalier King Charles! Adorable :) Once I can live somewhere with pets, I'm getting a lovely lady.

Flying Lily said...

Petrarcha, I can't say enough good about this breed. They are the closest thing to a human companion you can get with all the dog virtues of loyalty joy etc. and hearts brimming over with love. Literally every animal and human he meets is his next best friend, and every day of his life is the best ever. I've learned a lot from him. They are prone to some health issues so choose your breeder carefully for a solid mom & dad.

Molly said...

I love your little Gabey. He looks like the kind of dog I could never say no to.
I think your photos are perfect. If you just look for the truth the photo will tell the story. Gentle John laying down on your sidebar is my idea of a perfect picture.

Flying Lily said...

Molly, thank you so much! I love what you said about truth...

Grey Horse Matters said...

That is one of the cutest most adorable dogs I have ever seen. Glad he is learning self-preservation in reform school. Just looks like a real little sweetheart.

OneCowgirl said...

thanks for visiting my blog...I love what your grandfather told you about pansies talking to you...listen hard..we were once working on a fence and you could tell that several people over the years had worked on the fence - I commented I sure wish this fence could talk and tell us about the folks that worked on it...the rest of the crew asked me what drugs I was on....

Flying Lily said...

GreyHorse: Thank you !! he is quite the little PuppyMan, full of joy at all times. (How do dogs DO THAT?)

OneCowGirl: Hilarious and you keep listening to fences etc.!! The whole world has such a message I believe. And what if our horses could talk? Great heavens, what stories they would tell.