I just came back a short while ago from dog class with the "grown up dogs".
I got to class a half hour early with the big idea to sneak a little training with Bertie in. But we did socialization instead.
The assistant instructor is waiting for her next golden from Wynwood (hopefully mom is preggers) and she and our instructor spent the half hour playing with Bertie. Which was fine by me.
Instructor showed me a way to introduce dumbbells to puppies - dumbbell on a string - to encourage drive and encourage the puppy to pick up the dumbbell properly.
The assistant - I swear she had Bertie by the leash and was going to run away with him. She played with the dumbbell a little and marked/praised Bertie every time he reached for it. Which he was doing each time. I was very proud of my baby boy showing that bit of training.
As people arrived, he socialized with them and strutted around the floor like he's always been there. Absolutely no fear or shyness other than him checking in on me and Jacks and retreating back to our side from time to time.
I put him in his crate finally at class time and he was an angel. Some of my friends who arrived late didn't realize he was THERE until the end of the class when we were doing out of sight stays. We were all huddled in the far corner out of sight when I made my announcement. Their heads were spinning trying ot figure out where he was...
The one person actually had been sitting next to the crate and didn't realize there was a puppy in there. He was that good.
My one friend couldn't get over how calm and "mature" he was for a 15 week old puppy.
I'm thinking about taking him to class tomorrow with me and Jacks (I have class on Monday and Tuesdays). Like I told the one person - I just hate to leave the baby boy home.