Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Olympia, WA
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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.