Friday, September 10, 2010

May I Have the Attention of the Class?

Yesterday was the first day of Fall Obedience classes.
So much promise, so much hope, so much work!

As always, we start our program with a people only information session. By the end of the class I already know what dogs are going to be more work than others, even though I haven't met them yet.

As many of you undoubtedly know, teaching a dog to sit, lie down or stay is the easy part. It's teaching their human counterparts to interact with them and community with them effectively that is the real challenge.

Generally I feel the owner with the widest eyes by the end of the class is probably going to be my biggest challenge.

Basic obedience classes will always hold a special place in my heart, because you can really see the change in owners and dogs by the end of the series. The confidence level increases as stress levels decrease for both human and canine.

Wish me luck!


  1. So fun. I bet you get so many "raw" dogs. On our first day Miss M was barking, leaping and thrashing around like a fish on a wire. But, on the last day of class she won all the obedience games and was voted "most improved dog". It must be so satisfying at the end to see those types of huge results.

  2. Oh it is! The graduation party is my fave day of them all...I'm always so proud of everyone!