And again and again and again! Tonight’s class wasn’t a success or was it? The pups didn’t do what they were supposed to do when they were supposed to do it, so in that sense it wasn’t a success. Their people, at least Bonnie’s person (that would be me) got flustered and forgot simple commands that were learned several weeks ago. So that wasn’t a success. The treat bags got tangled up in the handy dandy pouches purchased specifically for class and could not be easily retrieved. They definitely weren’t a success.
There were a lot of distractions tonight, there were several meetings going on in the building and people were walking in and out while the class was going on.
Belle smelled something fascinating on the floor in her area and that held her attention for at least the first 15 minutes of class.
Bonnie was equally fascinated by all of the other dogs that were there and wanted to go and play with them.
When we got home Greg made the observation that we experienced a huge learning curve tonight. After thinking about it he was right and that’s what made it a success.
We learned that while the pups do pretty well consistently following commands here at home where it’s just us, them, Pete cat and Lucy kitty, they can still be easily distracted when away from their normal environment so we need to get them out and about more often.
We learned that we need to keep rereading the command instruction sheets so that the steps will be easily remembered at class and we will be less likely to confuse the pups.
We learned that the handy dandy pouches really don’t work as well as plain and simple pockets.
We learned that we can have a night where nothing goes right and that’s ok, we’ll just take a break and try try again until we get it.
On a lighter note, when we got home the girls relaxed with their peanut butter stuffed kongs. The pups rang the “gotta go outside” chime but they weren’t too sure about leaving the kong inside while they went out. I found myself saying to them as I took the kongs from ” You’re the ones who rang the bell and want to go out, I will put the kongs right here and you can have them as soon as you come back in.” They looked where I put them, seemed satisfied with what I told them and went outside. They then collected the kongs again as soon as they came back in the house.