He's 5 months old. Thanks for the commiseration. He definitely wasn't bored. He's sooo focused on the other dogs he hadn't a clue there was even a class going on. I've never seen such insanity hehe. Treats .. eh .. he is extremely food motivated but could barely bother to turn his head far enough to get one and I had a hard time finding a behavior worth rewarding. Blech. It was definitely sensory overload for him, even though he had been to a puppy class there that finished about 3 weeks ago (it had a puppy and advanced class going concurrently so there were quite a few dogs there then, just not the magnitude that is beginning obedience).
I don't feed him supper before going to class. It still didn't help with all that stimulation. Maybe his ball .. we'll see. I just have a lot of work ahead of me. The problem with the building is with the class so large there's not a lot of room left to get out of the way. Maybe I should take him back out there Thur and let him sit through some of their other classes just for the exposure.
ETA: One of the instructors offered to hold him while I signed up. I told him he could give him back in 6 months. He declined for some reason! The same instructor told me during one of the puppy classes that Varik could have been his dog last year .. they acted so similar .. there is hope ... if we both survive.
Xan Varik von Fernheim (born 4/3/13)
Last edited by Galathiel; 09-11-2013 at 11:42 AM.