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February 20, 2015

Linden goes to Level 2 Obedience: Class 2

This is an ongoing series of posts detailing what your dog will learn if enrolled in a training class at Canine Creature Comforts. In this series Linden will be spotlighting "Level 2 Obedience" and her continued training to become a well-behaved dog.

The second class of Level 2 Obedience is in the books and let's just say we aren't in Puppy Kindergarten anymore!

I was super excited because my big sister Gabby came along to class tonight! She got to train Roo!

To start class we reviewed how each of us could "stay" in "down" while our owner walked away.

I've got this one down. Pun intended.

Then it was time to get down to business. Dani had told our parents to bring along a blanket to class. My mom brought my baby blanket. I think she's refusing to admit that I'm growing up. Parents. Tonight we worked on 3 really cool, but tricky, skills:

1) How to teach a dog to go to their "spot" - This will teach me to go to a designated spot when instructed. This can be used when people are entering the house or when I need to be removed from a situation. Dani said that training for this will be gradual and this is where the wash cloth sized blanket my mom brought me came in. I think we have a lot of work to do on this because I'm still not quite sure why I got so many treats for walking around and stepping on that "blanket." I'm sure I will figure it out soon.

2) Loose leash walking with distractions - It is extremely important that I am able to ignore other dogs or distractions while walking on a leash. Though I am obviously a friendly and outgoing pup not all of them are and I need to stay safe. For this training Dani used 2 equally scary distractions: Basta & the tiny meowing stuffed cat.

I was pretty good at ignoring the distractions, especially that creepy cat!

3) Obeying verbal commands without eye contact - The third skill we practiced was obeying commands without being able to see my mom's face. She told me to "sit" and after a little while I got it, however this is something we need to practice.

That class was exhausting but we all learned a lot. We have a lot to practice over the next week before our field trip to Concord Pet Store!

See ya next week,


Catching up? Check out what I've learned in previous weeks:

Linden goes to Level 2 Obedience: Class 1