Three Kids and a Dog

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Top of the Class

Saturday was Adler's last day of training. She graduated with honors and we couldn't have been prouder. The teacher at Call of the Wild, put the dogs through various tests. The first one was coming to the command "front" while the owner called from another room and the teacher distracted the dog with treats. Both times when Adler heard her name and the command, she stopped eating the treats, ignored the other dogs/owners, and bolted to find one of us. She was the best in the class.

The second test was showing what tricks your dog could master. Tom showed the class how well Adler could wait by a food bowl until he gave the command "okay" for her to begin eating. This works wonders at meal time. But what suprised us was that there were only two dogs in the whole class who would give their paw or shake. Of course Adler learned this at a young age so when the "tester" -- a girl of about 8 years old came over to greet Adler with "paw," Adler promptly responded to the command. We were so proud.

Of course I already want to sign her up for the next session of classes as I think it's a great way to interact with your dog while both of you are learning. Tom doesn't think she needs it, but it's not about her needing it, I think of it as quality time with our dog.


  • Any time spent teaching a dog how to do things is good time spent. Forget what Tom says and go for sophomore year.

    By Blogger Perry, at 9:50 PM  

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