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So Kubrick had his first day of puppy class today and it went relatively well. As far as the tricks and stuff goes, he did great. I think he was the best in the class, but I tend to be just a wee bit biased in that regard.

As far as his fear of dogs, I have to say that we had a small (but great) success. He actually allowed two dogs to sniff him without flipping ou! I personally was a little worried when I saw one of the other "puppies." It was a humongous pitbull. I mean HUGE. His owners were barely able to keep a hold of him and he definitely is a rough player so he was kept well away from Kubrick. The other two dogs that were there was a medium sized mutt and a french bulldog, Baxter, who was in love with Kubrick. He would try to get to him even though he was on a leash (the trainer had everyone keep all the dogs on a leash the entire time for Kubrick's benefit, which I though was very nice) and then he would whine to get Kubrick's attention. It was all very cute, but Kubrick didn't care at all. Well, at the end when Baxter was leaving he was able to get to Kubrick and they sniffed each other and I was just so happy! I think the classes will definitely help Kubrick, slowly but surely he will get better!

Also, the whole class is taught with a clicker which I think is great! So far Kubrick got Sit Stay down to a pat, and he is learning to watch me as we walk.

Just wanted to share our small accomplishment on starting to overcome Kubrick's fear of dogs!
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Great!

I just knew he would come out of his shell I think you'll enjoy class! There was a really big, hyper Lab/hound mix in our class, but she was pretty friendly/loving.

When we were leaving class last night, we ran into a pitbull out front that was growling and went into the attack stance at Gucci! Yikes! And I hate to stereotype all pits because I have a friend with two very NICE well behaved ones, but they either seem to be nice or aggressive.

I liked working with the clicker too, I've noticed it does help with training tricks. It helps the timing factor.

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Good job Kubrick.
I also love clicker training for obedience but had to drop it in agility. It took me a little work to get my timing down at first between holding a leash, wait for the right time to target, click then go for the treat.. Once mom was trained things went a lot smoother.
Keep us updated Lina, I love hearing how everyone is doing in school.

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Great news Lina, Kubrick is becoming a social bug.

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You are probably not bias! Dora was the star pupil of her puppy class and now I train at least 3 nights a week! It is addicting especially when they are this cute!

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As far as his fear of dogs, I have to say that we had a small (but great) success. He actually allowed two dogs to sniff him without flipping ou!
Wooooohooooo Kubrick!!

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Kara, pitbulls are scary. The trainer herself said that they love to play with dogs but 95% of them when they turn 2 will want to kill dogs no matter what. So she's actually using the class to train the puppy (I feel weird calling a dog that comes up to his owner's hip a puppy) to ignore other dogs and concentrate on their owner with a click and treat when other dogs are around.

The class did go well, but some of the things we worked on were a little backwards for Kubrick. The trainer wanted them to get used to being handled without mouthing, or feeling any teeth, so she told us to touch their ears, their mouths, their feet, anywhere they don't like it and to click and treat when they allowed us to do so without feeling any teeth. All the other dogs were mouthing at least 4/5 times and Kubrick was just sitting there like, am I getting groomed now mommy? Where's my liver treat? I guess grooming him everyday kind of makes this little exercise a mute point with him.

And thanks everyone for cheering Kubrick on, he definitely needs it!
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Good job Kubrick.
I also love clicker training for obedience but had to drop it in agility. It took me a little work to get my timing down at first between holding a leash, wait for the right time to target, click then go for the treat.. Once mom was trained things went a lot smoother.
Keep us updated Lina, I love hearing how everyone is doing in school.
LOL I remember my first attempts at this. I was dropping things and clicking at the wrong time so I worked at it without a dog and got myself trained then went back to the dogs
I hold little pea shaped treats in my hand that has the clicker in it and that's worked for me.

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Kara, pitbulls are scary. The trainer herself said that they love to play with dogs but 95% of them when they turn 2 will want to kill dogs no matter what. So she's actually using the class to train the puppy (I feel weird calling a dog that comes up to his owner's hip a puppy) to ignore other dogs and concentrate on their owner with a click and treat when other dogs are around.

The class did go well, but some of the things we worked on were a little backwards for Kubrick. The trainer wanted them to get used to being handled without mouthing, or feeling any teeth, so she told us to touch their ears, their mouths, their feet, anywhere they don't like it and to click and treat when they allowed us to do so without feeling any teeth. All the other dogs were mouthing at least 4/5 times and Kubrick was just sitting there like, am I getting groomed now mommy? Where's my liver treat? I guess grooming him everyday kind of makes this little exercise a mute point with him.

And thanks everyone for cheering Kubrick on, he definitely needs it!
I can relate! Actually, when we enrolled for training she had just turned 5 months old, so was eligible for "Basic Training" and not puppy-class, but the trainer told me that both classes went over the same material, and I could put her in Puppy Preschool, so she would be around SMALLER dogs, so that is why I went that route.

But, I had already been working with her and training her, grooming, etc. SO, there were a few classes that *I* could've taught! lol

And I almost "lost it" when they went over "nutrition" (I'm pretty neurotic about that) and the trainer (the new, young one) was telling us not to bother with "fancy" dog food that had blueberries, etc. And, basically ALL dog food was good!! My husband was just glaring at me like "Don't start, Kara" LOL Because he knew what she was saying was grating on my nerves. *sigh*

We are still having problems with loose leash walking and "drop" it. But, hopefully, those things will come with time.

I think the socialization will be great for him, and I guess alot of new pet owners don't know the "basics". I will say, that everyone was very impressed with Gucci and her temperment/personality...and I wouldn't be surprised if someone from class ends up wanting a Havanese!

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Lina good job with Kubrick!!
I have not been able to find a puppy kindergarten around here that fits my schedule.The one place I found has classes on Sat and I work and hubby is always running around on Sat doing errands and things around the house.
I have to start digging around and asking people.You figure the vets office would have at least 1 flyer,but they have no idea where there are puppy classes around me.
Sorry,back to Kubrick good job little fella and congrats!!!


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