Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Puppy School

River is in puppy school and just like school everywhere this involves homework. In fact, she has pages and pages of homework! Things we have to do with her, commands we have to work on between sessions and activities we have to expose her to in order to make her a well rounded canine - sheesh. I am destined to be helping kids with homework forever!


Her one eyed pirate look.
With this in mind we took her with us to the BIG CITY the other day. I do mean big too. Sacramento is a real city and all and she did a fabulous job adjusting to the hustle and bustle considering that up until now the nosiest thing she's heard is a loud rooster. There were buses, cars, trucks and sirens. Strange people and smells. We sat outside at a cafe and ate and she was all ears. People stopped to pet her and exclaim at what a pretty pup she is and she was calm and confident. 

We went to an orchard to pick up some peaches on the way home and she met a field trip of school kids and loved them. All in all it was a very successful outing for our girl. We'll see how she does with those down commands in class - she doesn't quite get that so far.


It's exhausting being admired by total strangers. Now I know how Angelina Jolie feels.
Until next time,

8 comments:

  1. Looks like school is wearing out River. She's such a beautiful dog. Socializing is so important, sounds like River is a naturally social dog. Doggy school and homework, I remember those days, but now that my dog is 4 I'm so happy I invested in him that first year, it really pays off.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're so right it pays off in the long run. So far River is responding well to schooling. it's not as hard as training our two Border Collies at the same time! Yikes those two were something, too smart for me. We had to go through puppy class twice with them - the smartest dogs I ever had. They were sisters who lived to 15 and passed away within a week of each other, inseparable to the end - miss you still my Rosie & Fidget. Sorry I didn't mean to get mushy on you.

      Delete
  2. Our little Hezzie is an obedience school drop out...so keep up with the classes. It's worth it. Oh, wait. I think that means we were the drop outs. :(

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. As long as Hezzie is the doggie you need her to be it's all good ;)

      Delete
  3. Love those ears!

    Early exposure to lots of different people, places, and things results in well-behaved dogs. I think that is one of the advantages guide dog puppies have--they are allowed just about everywhere, so they learn to be calm in any situation. "Normal" dogs don't have that advantage, so owners have to seek out opportunities for socialization. It sounds like you're doing great with River. Keep up the good work!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We are doing the best we can even though we have to travel to give her exposure to new situations. You've taken on a big responsibility with Reno, hats off. I know he'll be a splendid guide dog.

      Delete
  4. Thanks Julianne miss seeing you.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for your comments. I love hearing what you have to say.