The Hellhole

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tonight Mister Fusspot and Esme had their first lesson of Puppy Training Class (six week course). So far, it's more about training us to train the dogs - which is fine, that's where it has to start after all. The little ones did great on loose-leash walking and pretty good with the other commands but they're just so excited; they want to play with the other puppy in class more than they want to listen to us. Still, they very much like getting treats when they succeed at a command.

I wish I'd been able to do something like that with Sprocket when he was a little fellow, but the PetCo where we're taking the class didn't even exist when I got him; that whole strip center was woods and swampy areas. I don't know that he'd enjoy it now even if I enrolled him in a class for grown-up dogs; he's eleven and pretty set in his ways. His ways = play treats nap snack drink play nap widdle treats nap snack play, lather rinse repeat.

This is everyone's new favorite treat-of-the-moment; link is to beef flavour but it comes in lamb too, maybe others, in a plastic tube/roll like breakfast sausage. It's good because one can cut it into pieces of appropriate size to suit the dog - much smaller for ours, big wedges for a Bull Mastiff. Angeline, our dog trainer, was telling us that dogs think in terms of quantity, not size - so they react more favorably to one Beggin' Strip torn into 8 pieces than one huge Beggin' Strip, even though it's an equal amount of treat. Alan brought a plastic baggie to Puppy Class with a bunch of cut chunks of the Natural Balance meaty treats and cut-up Snausages which are usually in great demand at our house. At one point I gave Mister Fusspot a piece of Snausage. He spit it out on the floor and looked at me like, "Give with the good treats, woman!" Which of course I did - somehow I don't see the training negating the spoiling for this lot.

"Dis my, 'Dude...wait, what?' face."


  • Ah! To be a fly on the wall during puppy training class . . .

    By Blogger A Margarita, at 8:15 AM  

  • I think he gets that (face) from his momma....


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:20 AM  

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