Passed our first puppy obedience class!

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  1. Emily

    Emily Supporting Member Forum Supporter

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    Ella passed the test in her first puppy obedience class! To be honest it wasn't really a formal test but they like everyone to do it so you get to expose the puppies to the testing environment for later on in the higher classes.

    Today she had to watch (eye contact) for more than 5 seconds, sit/drop/stand in various combinations at heal, walk about 20m at heal while watching, sit and stay at heal (on lead) while I step to the side at full lead length for up to 5 seconds before stepping back.

    We did them all!!!

    The hardest part is ignoring the distraction of the dog either side of you who is also testing at the same time. Great experience for us both, really looking forward to progressing to the next class ☺

    Here's our very lazy sit whilst showing off our ribbon ☺ (you wouldn't believe how hard it was to get her to sit there without trying to eat the ribbon! - hence I gave up on the form of the sit)[​IMG]
     
  2. UncleBob

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    Well done Ella and Emily. That sounds quite a tough test for puppies - you should be very pleased.
     
  3. Emily

    Emily Supporting Member Forum Supporter

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    Thanks UncleBob it was quite tough but they were very relaxed and let you have a couple of goes at each part if needed and there were a couple of people that were allowed to step backwards out of line to have a little more space. It was really to give us the idea of how the later tests will be. I was nervous though haha!

    We then split into two teams and had a weaving race with each of us and our dogs as the poles! Was great fun and tested our puppies ability to sit and watch while another dog was running past! ☺☺
     
  4. Karen

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    Oh well done that's great!!! You must be very proud.
     
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    Fantastic!! That is a really high standard for a puppy class. Congratulations :)
     
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    Ah, well done to both of you. Deservedly proud :)
     
  7. JulieT

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    Ah, her first ribbon - well done, you must be very proud of her. Many more to come....

    Good luck with the next class.
     
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    Awww...bless her. Well done both of you!
     
  9. Joy

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    Well done both - that sounds very demanding, so big congratulations!
     
  10. bbrown

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    How wonderful, congratulations!!
     
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    Good for you team Em and Ella. :) Oh, and about not eating the ribbon? Yeah, I would so believe. :)
     
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    Oh very well done....now isn't this Ella that I read about in another post who you said was displaying superb hooligan tendencies? I cannot believe it looking at that gorgeous pic that little cutie is a picture of obedience
     
  13. Emily

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    Dexter yep, the very same puppy. Angel one moment, devil the next! Definitely keeps me on my toes ☺
     
  14. Newlabpup

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    Emily, I'm starting my 10-week old in puppy classes in the next week or so! Do you think it made a big difference?
     
  15. Emily

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    Newlabpup the training has been great for us as this is our first dog and we didn't really know where to start. I love that you have things to work on each week, it's great controlled socialising and we get a general idea of how we're progressing (you have a rough comparison to the other puppies in the class - makes you feel better when the others behave like little ***** too ☺)

    I'd imagine if you've had dogs before or if you know what you're doing its possible you might find it a little boring but it's great for us ☺

    Let us know how you go ☺
     
  16. Newlabpup

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    Emily sounds wonderful. We're 1st time dog owners too so we need all the help we can get. I've had dogs as a child but my husband has never, so he's even more clueless than I am. Luckily this forum has been a wealth of information so I feel like we're doing an okay job so far!
     

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