Last night was Enya's first time in a large class of dogs. Now she was the fastest to sit and down on command, did it pretty much instantly when told, and didn't have to go into a sit before being told to down, her down is to throw out her front legs and drop. So that was awesome, so proud of her! However, walking next to me with all those dogs around? Walking in front of and behind her? New smells all over the grass? What she knew went straight out of her head. She's four months old and pulled like she had no idea what 'with me' meant. She's on a flat collar and, for me, she'll stay on one. Part of our class is walking through cones, with spots for sit, down, etc., so there was 'down' time while we watched others. As we're all about five to ten feet from each other, she practiced downing in place. She did pretty well. Of course there were no sticks so at one point she decided to get up and try to dig up the root of a tree she was lying on. We moved to a new spot.
It's pretty normal for the first few classes for a puppy new to it all to pull and forget all they know. It's exciting and so many new sights and smells. It's kind of like expecting a four year old child to be perfect and remember all the rules when he walks into a toy store with animation all around him; he wants to immediately see all of them.