First IPO class and questions
Bruno had his first IPO class last night.
Round 1: The trainer wanted him to engage with the tug/flirt pole but he was very distracted by the new environment and wanted to check everything out instead of play. He tugs well at home and goes pretty crazy for it but he wanted to run around and sniff everything, jump on the boxes, etc.
So what he had me do was stand in a corner with Bruno on leash and he walked toward Bruno in a threatening manner (hard eye contact, posturing, snapping a whip on the ground). Bruno was a little unsure at first and seemed to want to go behind me. But I didn't let him and then he let out a little growl. The trainer exaggeratedly backed off. And then came back and Bruno started barking at him. Repeat a few times.
Round 2: The same scenario but Bruno handled it all with much more confidence - he was barking aggressively from the start and straining to get to the guy. We let him advanced toward him a bit and Bruno pulled hard to get toward him - he seemed more sure and confident - ears forward, pulling hard on the leash. He tried to toss the tug to Bruno, but Bruno was very focused on HIM and not the toy. Totally ignored the toy.
So I guess my question is - does this sound okay? I thought this activity would be fun for Bruno and if it's not I don't want to do it.
But he didn't seem overly stressed out at all and afterward was fine walking around with the trainer etc.
Also, will Bruno get over his distractedness and get into the prey/tug part of it? Is it normal for a dog to not want to tug the first time? Or is this a sign that his drive isn't enough for it?