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Old 01-07-2013, 12:47 AM
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Casper and I started Dog Manners 2 today. We've done obedience 1, oh, too many times! He's a year and a half, and finally settling down. He's been so good in Dog Manners 1 the last few weeks, I'm feeling really optimistic. He's been very focused and calm. My last dog made it to the second last, but no any farther. I really hope to get CGC and rally title for Casper. Any title would be a first for me.

He wasn't stellar today, but we did OK. I misread the schedule and didn't realize until an hour before I left that the dogs were supposed to be at the first class. I almost left him home! I fed him his entire breakfast before class and that didn't help. He's been moping around since his favorite son went back to college yesterday, so he wasn't interested in exercising much before class. Everyone was busy and I had to go by myself. So I carried a bunch of stress into class. There was a dog whining through class, and a bird flying around the room! Then he needed a poop break during class, which he lets me know by getting mouthy. Great. But, he was really good during the loose lead exercises. Yea! When we left at the end of class, he walked calmly by my side across the room. That's such huge progress for us.

The class setup is really nice. We have a really large room and even a microphone/speakers for the instructor. Dog management during class is excellent, too.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:21 AM
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Just look forward to the next class and keep practicing when you find a spare 5 minutes or so at home, during a commercial, or while cooking dinner and are waiting for water to boil. Don't be discouraged if he didn't do stellar this class, but just go in confident the next time!
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It sounds like Casper is making good progress. The training facility sounds nice. The acoustics in ours are terrible and it's really difficult to hear if you're a distance from the trainer. Zoe is also the first dog that I've done advanced obedience training with so we've been learning together. I'm sure she'd have moved ahead much faster with an experienced owner but the learning process increases your bond with the dog. From my limited experience I've concluded that a really good trainer can make a big difference. . . so hope yours is good. Getting the CGC and rally titles shouldn't be difficult if you keep training.
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Thanks for the encouragement! The rally title will probably be easier than the CGC. Somehow, I have to deal with Casper's excessive love of people. While all the other dogs are staring at each other, Casper is staring at the instructor or her assistant.
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