Adventure Day 1: Diva

Instructor Meets THE Diva

I was excited and motivated (actually didn’t change into my yoga pants and hide from the world under my blankets) to get to my fur baby’s 1st day of obedience class. Admittedly, I had high hopes but that’s just because I know she’s smart she want her to do good so she can go on to be my service dog. WELL…we started with basics and looking back, I’m glad we did. She was the only one in class so there was a lot of one on one time which meant her getting over worked easily and add a new person plus new setting equals early shut down.

The name game was what we started with and I thought it would be too basic because she already knew and comes to her name. I was wrong. It wasn’t her obedience that was the problem it was me. I allowed her to come to her name on her terms and not mine. I know it was my fault and I trash complete ownership of that. So we are now both being retrained.

We moved on to sit which she knew so we eased into down. After a few gestures she got the motion down. We will add the word and hand signals next week. She was distracted by customers trying out squeaky toys and jingles from collars so we took a lap around the store and then we went back to work. She was doing good until another dog came in and she started barking. The barking was in the list of stuff we wanted to work on and we were introduced to an air horn can without the horn. It was just a loud burst of air and it did the trick.

She was obviously tired and started to shut down so class ended 15 minutes early. This was prompted by her actually tossing her head with attitude and turning away from me. Such a diva move. The only incident we had was while shopping for the horn a little dog aggressively barked and went after Clover. Ask she did was bark but the trainer reprimanded the little dog’s owner and suggested obedience classes. Well, I purchased one of those air horn cans and already used it like the trainer showed me and no barking from her right now! It’s great! Can’t wait for next Wednesday’s class. I will work with her tomorrow. I don’t want to burn her out tonight…she’s exhausted.

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