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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-06-2007, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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I am taking Logan to a puppy pre-school starting this week. Does anyone have any ideas on what I should look out for - good or bad?
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Be cautious of large puppies. Sam was slammed by a lab puppy and has been affaid of labs every since. Some classes separate the puppies by size and activity level. I think those are the best. Fun is the most important thing. Good luck and have fun.

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I went last night for the intro, where they talk but dont have the puppies come. I was pleased with what I heard, and there are only 7 dogs in the class. The instructor did indicate that they seperate the big & little dogs, although I think they are all little in this class. It was funny as the couple I sat next to asked me what kind of puppy I had & when I said Havanese she got real excited as that is what she has too!!
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The class I took Kodi to was great. It meets on Wed nite, and anyone is welcome to just come and sit on the sidelines to see what goes on. Because Kodi was so afraid of other dogs, I took him there 2x and just sat for a while. His class was puppy and some dogs were bigger than the others - there were Cav King Charles, Chihuhuas, Mixed breeds, and an American Bull dog. They all got along. The bigger dogs were on the other side of the room.
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Well, wish Oreo, my son and I luck tommorow night. We will be starting obedience classes too I am eager to see what Oreo gets from this class. I mainly enrolled him to build up confidence and also to socialize with other dogs and people. In this class the family is allowed to participate, children under 8 are not allowed though. This will make for an interesting class. Different dogs, kids, adults - a big mix, so we will see how it goes. As I have mentioned before, I am AMAZED at how brilliant Havs really are. Oreo has already learned to sit, lie down, wait nicely for his food - stay, and he even is learning how to heel off leash really nicely. We are very proud of this little one, as I am confident you all are proud of your little ones - they rock!!
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Oreo's first class will be tonight. Eric and I are very excited!! I will fill you in on how he responds to the other dogs. He is pretty nervous of other because the other day there was a dog barking about a block away and he had his tail between his legs and he was trying to hide behind me. So I think tonight will be interesting, but informative
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That's really reassuring Lynn. With time I am sure he will adjust
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Good Morning everyone! Just filling you all in on how Oreo did last night in puppy class. When we got in, they told us to come 10 minute early, so the dogs can meet, Oreo was nervous with the other dogs. Its his first time seeing other breeds. He was, shy buy took to a small goldendoodle, named Merlot - actually it looked like a curly haired full grown Coton de Tulear, that was golden Oreo seemed to warm up to her, as she was the only one who kinda looked like him. We worked on Sit, Down, Stand and then the classed ended with a pass the puppy - that was fun and finally a Controlled puppy playtime. The instructor let out the smaller dogs first, and when the most rambunctious dogs where about to be let loose, she instructed us to pick up the smaller ones She really paid attention to all the signs of all the dogs. Oreo wasn't the only nervous one though, even a really gorgeous Chesapeake Retriever was very timid. But it was funny to watch Orea by the end try to engage the run-like-hell, but the other didn't really understand. He was the only one that didn't bark. He has a buddy though, a tiny pomeraninan that is smaller than him. But funny, that little one just went up to all the dogs and was happy to meet them all - brave litte guy. Oreo was afraid of him at first, but then by the end he loosed up We'll see how things go next week
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That is wonderful!!! sounds like it was a nice experience. I like the pass the puppy idea. I hope our first week with puppies goes good next week.! I am anxious for Logan to meet the other havanese in the class.
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Sounds like everyone had a great experience and the trainer runs an excellent class. Same thing happened with Kodi - very timid the first few classes, and then had a great time with the other pups. We even did some agility things. Everyone couldn't believe how good Kodi did jumping over bars and thru the tire. He just flew.
I hope you continue to have such a great time
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