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First Puppy Training Session

Today we attended the first session of Sassy's puppy training. Overall, it went well. She was really excited about all the people and wanted to greet everyone. The other puppies she wasn't so sure about. They were all big dog puppies with the exception of one. During playtime, she was content to sit by me and watch the other puppies, but wasn't interested in mixing it up. Two of the big dog puppies came at her from two sides because they really want her to play with them. That was the only time she growled.

She got worn out about the whole thing about 3/4s of the way through and decided to just curl up and go to sleep. We worked on some behaviors, but mostly this was an orientation type of session. The primary goal of this particular puppy training course is socialization. The only issue I had was during potty break time. I know that she had to go, but she is indoor trained to her potty so far (and very good about it) and we haven't worked on her outdoor potty skills much at all. It's cold and wet, so it's not conducive to walks, and I've only allowed her outside with the other two a few times. I guess this week we will have to work on her outdoor potty skills. She held it through the entire rest of the classtime, the drive home, and didn't go until she got to her potty spot.

She was the most loved by the store employees of all the puppies, though! One was a friend of a puppy owner in the class and after saying that Sassy was the cutest puppy ever, told her friend, "Sorry, but it's just true." HA!

The class is held in a small-ish indoor arena that is part of a local pet store. I was very pleased at how clean it was and the set-up after reading about places that other people have taken their dogs for training.


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yeah it's all about socialization. Let her go at her own pace with the other dogs. I hope it's all offleash?

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All socialization between the pups was offleash. When working on teaching down, they were on leash. One pup, a standard poodle, has some nervousness so they kept her out of the first playtime (behind the gate), and only allowed her in when her body language appeared relaxed, half-way through the second playtime. When we worked on getting pups to follow/come to us, they were also offleash.


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All socialization between the pups was offleash. When working on teaching down, they were on leash. One pup, a standard poodle, has some nervousness so they kept her out of the first playtime (behind the gate), and only allowed her in when her body language appeared relaxed, half-way through the second playtime. When we worked on getting pups to follow/come to us, they were also offleash.
The first class we took was similar.
As long as the trainer is honed in on how all the dogs are coping I like that type of puppy class.
We only had an issue when 75% of the class didn't show up one night and my Lil Girly, one other super brave Yorki and a HUGE breed puppy were the only ones there. Since the big guy had no other big puppies to ruff and tumble with he zeroed in on my Lil Girly and bowled her over before the trainer or I could respond.
My Poor baby was traumatized for a few days!

Let your pup lead the way as far as comfort level with the other dogs and keep close in case you need to scoop her up!

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"Sorry, but it's just true." HA!
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As far as the potty issue goes, bring a pee pad to class and just pop her in the trunk with it when you take her "out" to potty. That is how I potty Nino on the way to shows when he is all groomed
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As far as the potty issue goes, bring a pee pad to class and just pop her in the trunk with it when you take her "out" to potty. That is how I potty Nino on the way to shows when he is all groomed
You can even do this with litter trained dogs... Just sprinkle some litter in the middle of a pad, fold it up around the litter, and tape it shut. Open as needed... Instant, portable "litter box". (Thanks, Pam King! )
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Thanks for the potty advice. It turns out I might be needing to use the trunk technique for more than just training day. My son broke his ankle Sunday night and has to have surgery next week. He is across the state at college with his fiancee and they have requested I come help for a few days after his surgery. (not sure why a couple of 22 year olds need help, but love to be asked!) My husband works full time and my younger son is in local college and while he can be around enough for Raffy and Shady, it's too long for Sassy, imo. I will have to take her with me. The drive is 4 to 5 hours long, over a mountain, so I might need to stop along the way to take care of Sassy's needs.

We started doing more outdoor activities this week because it's warmed up and hasn't rained in a few days. On our walk today, she squatted for a couple seconds, but as soon as we got home, she went to her potty. Sassy also figured out how to come in and out the doggy door as of yesterday, so she will probably learn about going potty outside from our other dogs soon enough. But until then, this is great advice I will be using.
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