Obedience 101.1

Yeah, I think this is just the first of many classes for us…

I wish I could lock up your computers with a post filled with photos of Sissy and her cute classmates.  Heck, I wish I had just ONE shot of Sissy and/or Abby in class.  The Knight hurried home and went along, and even had the camera in hand most of the time, but he spent a lot of time helping me and Best Thing (BT) correctly reproduce the things the instructor demonstrated.  So instead, you get a happy shot of the new student and her first gas station experience.  (No, the Knight wasn’t being rude; I just snapped that photo in the instant where he turned to check on the pump.)

So, the first day of school report…

Sissy and Abby have a class full of cute, young dogs.  Abby was on one edge of the horseshoe, then Sissy, Shamis (shA-mis?) – a beautiful wheaton terrier Sissy is very fond of, then a couple of terrier mixes, a lab mix, and two pitbull mixes.  I’ll try to catch more names and photos as the class goes on, and I hope I didn’t miss anyone.  The instructor is great.  (Scroll to the bottom to see Karen.)  She uses only positive reinforcement – hot dog bits as class treats – and she too had to tell Sissy how cute she is, even though she seems more immune to her wiles than we are.

Everything has a hand signal, and she warned us we might have a silent class or portion thereof.  Last night, we learned “Look”, “Find it” (Sissy’s personal favorite), “Sit” and “Touch” (which Sissy thinks is a waste of her time once the treats stop).   Karen also stopped me on the way out to suggest that we invest in a Gentle Walker harness.  No problem, aside from the fact we prefer harnesses, but your pre-class instructions said flat leash and collar…  So, I’ll be online trying to find a PURPLE version of said harness, which MJ has already announced won’t exist…

We were asked for goals when we introduced ourselves.  The Knight just wants her to stop pulling, which I think the above mentioned harness will do almost on its own.  I want my sweet girl to have manners.  We’ll see how it goes.

Happy Dogs on Thursday  to everyone!  Don’t forget to check out the other blogs and cute dogs.

Oh – and if you’re wondering about that rough-looking spot on her ear, that’s because it’s her binky.  When she’s bored or at all stressed, the ear goes in her mouth and she just gnaws on it.  The vet seems to think that once we get her diet straight and as she finishes maturing, this too shall pass.

Thanks too for all the needle advice.  Stay tuned…  I have something up my sleeve and hope to share it with you soon.

Also, for those local…  Did you know It’s a Stitch has been (or is being?) sold?  Anyone have more information?  That’s really the most convenient LYS for me, so I’m hoping for an infusion of classes, new product lines, and more…

Here’s to a great Little Friday for all of us!

20 comments on “Obedience 101.1

  1. Anita says:

    Sissy looks so happy! Ahhha, to be a dog or cat with good humans & not a care in the world! 🙂

  2. KM says:

    I hope the classes go well for Sissy. And chewing the ear…I guess that’s like the humans that bite their nails. It just isn’t pretty. I’m sure she doesn’t understand that one.

  3. Mary says:

    Happy Puppy look and you can tell by looking at her she has a mind of her own, she’s just playin ya…lol
    I’ll have to start working on Coco though the words Coco Come and shes there, its just everything else we’re still dealing with. Though she does know the word No! 🙂
    Hows the Mugster doing?

  4. Dianne says:

    Sissy is such a beauty! The obedience classes sound like they’re going to be fun. I like the staff listing at their website! That Gentle Leader harness looks great – let us know how it works!

  5. Bubblesknits says:

    LOL So did Abby bite any ankles? 🙂 Sissy looks like she had a great time. Just look at that happy face!

  6. Wendy says:

    What an adorable picture of Sissy. I used to love it when I would leave the car door open and Buddy would sneak in. I’d go back out and find him in that same position as Sissy waiting for me to take him for a ride. He loved the car.

  7. gaylen says:

    She really is adorable. Glad to hear that your first class went well and that The Knight was able to make it. Sounds like she did better than you expected. Go Sissy Go!! g

  8. Roxy's mom says:

    Beautiful basset you have ! I hope class went well. My Roxy really enjoyed the company of the other dogs when we took puppy classes.

  9. StarSpry says:

    Sissy looks so happy 😀 I’m glad the Knight was able to join you for her class. Sounds like they will be very good for Sissy! Good luck with finding the purple harness.

  10. anniebananie says:

    I’m with Sissy – no treats, no tricks! It does sound like a great class.

    As for IAS, you were so very restrained! I can only hope that the new owners change not only the yarn selection. 🙂

  11. Can’t go wrong with cute dog pictures. Get out there and FIND that purple harnass! (sorry MJ)

  12. Nancy says:

    Sounds like it was a good class. Hope the next one goes well too. Good luck finding the harness!

  13. Barbara says:

    Congrats on passing the first class! Simon was one of those “I’m not doing anything if there isn’t something (ie treats) for me in it” guys!

  14. knitwonpurltoo says:

    The pups love the classes, don’t they? I found them exhausting, but worthwhile. Sissy looks happy as a clam.

  15. Sarah says:

    Makes me want a dog 😦 Maybe when I’m more “grown” up!!!

  16. carol says:

    Oh what a cutie. She chews on her ear? I know that’s not good but what a sweety.

  17. Amanda says:

    She is just too friggin cute. I want to kiss that sweet face.

  18. KSee says:

    I love the way to harness has a different color for that one strap. I used a regular harnes for my Pug Manda and it took me quite awhile to work it out.
    I wonder if you put some tabasco on her ear she would stop but then she is smart enough to go to the other ear. She is a pretty girl

  19. nichole says:

    What a cute shot! Harnesses RULE this house for sure…. and the ear binky… omg, how frigging cute is she!

  20. fireflynights says:

    Glad class went well. I really like the link to the harness. The only Gentle Leader we’ve seen is the head collar and it won’t fit Mosby at all. Also didn’t like it on Roscoe. Will have to look into the Gentle Walker.

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