aka Sam =)
I just signed Enzo and I up for our first "real" training class. We did the Petsmart beginner obedience and, while we had a GREAT trainer, the setting and surroundings didn't make for a great experience. There just wasn't enough room there for me to distance my playful boy from the cute little shih tzu next to us, so half of the class was spent with me trying to get Enzo off of his back (the stance he takes with most tiny dogs lol) or getting his nose out of the person next to us' open treat pouch. Anyway! lol We're all signed up to start a "fundamentals" class with Adele Yunck at Northfield Dog Training in Ann Arbor, MI that starts October 18th. I've heard great things about this facility from fellow GRF'ers and I've seen great things online about Adele, so I'm extremely excited. This is the description for the class: "Learn how to: properly use conditioned reinforcers; teach an exercise; use fair corrections. The dogs learn attention, heeling with distractions, quick position changes (sit, down, stand), backing up, and recall games." At the same time, I'm terrified. Enzo was perfect in his Petsmart class, but it was just that...a Petsmart class. What if we get to a "real" class and he totally bombs?? Also, his Petsmart class didn't cover heeling. It only covered loose leash walking. I hope that's okay and they don't mind starting at square one with us on that one. One last thing I'm nervous about is the "fair corrections". We've only ever trained Enzo with positive reinforcement, so I'm not quite sure how he'll do with that one. I hope it doesn't make me feel guilty if (when) I have to correct him. Wish us luck!