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!