Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Upstate New York
Maya and I went to our first conformation class this evening. I feel like everyone else there already kind of knew what they were doing, they just had a new dog to work with and train I guess. I definitely felt out of place.
Maya was a pain in the butt in the very beginning, barking at all the dogs, but finally did settle down. She had been quiet and calm for the last 25 minutes or so when the instructor told us to run them around the "ring" one last time. Maya and I went first, then ended up at the back of the line. Even though she had been behaving herself for a while, I kept her a good ways back from the little dog in front of us. Apparently it wasn't far enough in her owner's mind, though, because she threw her arm back at me, palm out. Each and every time the next dog started and the line moved up a little, she would throw her hand up at me.
I guess she and I had different ideas of how far away my dog had to stay from her small one, but still...what she was doing was really, really, REALLY obnoxious. I feel like I need to treat her just like my toddler, and tell her "Use your words!!"
Maya (Peakes Brook Night Prowler) - female ASL GSD born 12/2/14