Join Date: May 2005
Location: Denmark, Ohio
So I signed the baby dogs up to start classes again.
Well, they were supposed to start last week, but my sister needed me to work, and right now that takes precedence. So I started this week.
Ok though because Lassie finished out Karma's classes when I broke her toe.
Karma has been to puppy and then started basic, but has been on the DL for the past 4-6 weeks. But we are now back at it.
I had to get up at the crack of dawn to get everyone fed before setting out at 8:30 for the class that starts at 9:30. It was asctually dark out when I woke up and turned off the alarm without hitting the snooze once. 6:59. I took my meds, then wasted half an hour working a jig saw, until it was light enough to see outside. I came back in after doing all the morning work and putting both babies in the car. Got ready and was on the road at 8:34 -- good time.
Lassie's class was first. They dumped the advanced puppy so she got stuck with puppy, and she is six months old. There were some youngsters there, 10-11 weeks old. And others that were 4 months. Lassie barked a bit, but she quit. She actually did quite well. And, it was nice because, while the class was huge, there was no other classes going on at the same time.
Karma's class was another matter all together. They had rally going on next to us, and I just can't hear with the acoustics of the building, and all the hubbub in there.
I just wasn't very tolerant by the second hour. There are a lot of explanations, and while I am setting up to do the exercise then the waiting, and I don't know it is just frustrating, and the dog and I are both distracted by the other class, and then the other class starts filing out, and walking right behind us as we are waiting our turn. The dog was fine, it's me that is being driven up a wall, distracted by the people behind me and trying to listen to the instructor.
The place charges $30/hour more than my trainer does for classes and they cannot schedule them so that there is one class at a time? But whatever. And then we have to learn things like, teach your dog to go to this mat. Well, by the time we were done trying to teach that -- half the class at least, my pup was acting all weird, and going for the door, and I am distracted by the other class, and it didn't dawn on me that Karma probably had to potty. So I spent the next several minutes cleaning that mess off the mats. Uhg! I am mostly worried about SIT, DOWN, STAY, and HEEL. Well mostly the HEEL part with Karma. I can teach it myself and will, and the distractions are good if I do expect to get her out to a show in December, but I remember fully now why I really don't like this place. And it is an extra half an hour from home.
The girls are hanging out in my SUV now because I have to keep the shop open and was nearly an hour late -- no time to spin by home and kennel them.
There just really isn't anything closer to me, and it is driving me nuts.
The good news is that both dogs were pretty good. Lassie did not like someone else holding her lead though, so I need to watch that and correct her. Both of them came rushing to me for recall. And Karma did her best to trip me up and offered another of her toes for me to break.
Hopefully, next week will be better.
Arwen, CD RN CGC
Whitney, RN CGC
Tori, RN CGC
Jenna, RN CGC & Babs, CD RA CGC HIC
Heidi, RA CGC
SG3 Odessa, SchH1, Kkl1, AD
Ninja, RN CGC & Milla, RN CGC
Joy, Star Puppy, RN CGC
Dolly CGC & Bear CGC
Hepzibah & Hannah