First day of training with an actual trainer. My sister and I had both signed up for a BASICS 1 course, her with her 2-year-old American Cockerspaniel O'Neill, and me with Jackie. A sort of dog training/sibling bonding thing. As such, we had the two oldest dogs on the course, though a Springer Spaniel (that REALLY didn't like Jackie) was close at a year. Other dogs included two Cairn Terrier puppies, two Golden Retrievers (one quite small at 10 weeks, one at...20 weeks, I think), a chihuahua at 9 weeks, and a toy poodle at 11 weeks. There was also a pair of lovely other pups that I don't remember what were (one was a vizsla, I think?). It was hot as an oven at the training grounds, and Jackie was absolutely STOKED to be close to so many other dogs. The trainer and I agreed that he was too excited to play with the puppies, as most of them were roughly the size of chew toys, so he stayed on lead the entire time. He managed most of the exercises really well, though two...harder. Unfortunately, that was the react-to-your-name exercise (Too many other dogs! Too much NEW!) and the 'Heel' exercise. We'll have to work harder on those two. He did well with the nose-bop, and he has a wonderful 'sit'. Half-way through the class, he decided that the normal treats I use weren't good enough, so he started spitting them out, the ungrateful little troll. I had to break out the extra-special sausage-treats. It turns out I should have brought more of those. When the other dogs were training recall, Jackie and I were sent to one of those large A-ramps on the other side of the training field. The task was 'get Jackie to run up the ramp and 'sit' at the top', so that's what we spent some time doing. Jackie took to it very easy and liked sitting up on the ramp, cause he could see the other dogs better that way. My Mom, who sat on the sidelines today with the other family participants, said that the trainer praised Jackie and me, but we were so far away that we couldn't hear a thing. (The trainer said that it was probably better to wait until the next session to train recall, when Jackie had gotten more used to the format and other dogs, and she'd bring an assistant. That way, if he gets too excited and goes to try to play with the TINY puppies, we'd have some help corralling him. She also said to bring a long-line and gloves.) All in all, it felt like a good day of training, though I sort-of expected Jackie to be more tired when we got home.