I decided Katie needs to go back to school. She’s out of control and doesn’t listen to me at all. I think she needs more structure in her life. Plus she used to love going to school. So, given my random work schedule, I found an obedience class that allows us to drop in on the Monday evenings that I’m not working. Tonight was our first night. New building, 14 other dogs, most new to her, different smells, sounds…it was all a bit intimidating!
She reverted a bit to her initial school behavior of refusing treats. That worked out fine though, she THOUGHT she wanted a treat so she pretty much did as I asked, but when she earned a treat she held it in her mouth and then spit it out. Apparently the stress of being in school again. I remember when I first took her to school, they thought she wasn’t motivated by food! HA! And like previous classes, she has a 45 minute attention span. Then she’s just DONE. And isn’t afraid to express her feelings either!
The best part though? We did “stand for exam” where she’s supposed to stand from a sit, then let me walk away from her and allow a complete stranger (the judge or teacher) to walk up to her, pet her and move away, and she can’t move her feet at all! She has never never never succeeded at that. Either she won’t stand, or she shys away from anyone walking up to her, or if she knows the person, she jumps on them in happy greeting. Tonight she was perfect! She stood when asked…and let TWO strangers walk up to her and pet her without moving her feet! I think she was just scared, but I’ll take it!
October 6, 2009 at 6:28 am
It’s great that you found a class to take Katie too! I think we Shelties really love school and love having jobs to do. I’m sure Katie will get comfortable in her new environment soon and start eating her reward instead of just spitting it out (too bad I wasn’t there to eat whatever she didn’t want – lol!).
Stand for exam is no fun – I don’t like a stranger coming up to pet me either but I endure it.
October 6, 2009 at 1:13 pm
Back to school – sounds like fun. I am sure she will be showing them all how to do it in no time
October 6, 2009 at 3:39 pm
Yay! Good for Katie. I just have to say that 45 min. is a really long time in my opinion for a dog to keep interest and focus for training. Just keep in mind that sometimes short training sessions are more effective and keep up the good work!
October 6, 2009 at 3:57 pm
I agree. The class lasts 1 hour, and we do short training sessions within the hour, but it’s still a whole hour that she is focused on me, and she isn’t liking it after about 45 minutes!
October 6, 2009 at 8:20 pm
Good job Katie! I don’t know if I could do that. I don’t like strangers at ALL!!! Maybe if I knew them, but I guess the point is to be nice to strangers.
October 12, 2009 at 4:05 pm
Don’t get discouraged, Dawn and Katie. We all go through phases where we’re not sure whether we like our jobs and don’t want to do what the boss, er, pack leader wants us to do. But a nice refresher obedience course is a great way to get back on track…and I’ve always found that it really helps reinforce and renew the bonding. Have fun!!