Happy Friday! I’ve talked about my pups before, but recently they’ve been bad puppies so we decided to enroll them into Obedience classes. Unfortunately, I didn’t even think they were ready for obedience classes, and had to sign up for private lessons first.
When we would take them to the park they would become very fearful of large dogs. May normally goes off on her own and ignores everyone, she’s very independent like that. But Nuzz would get scared, trying to hang around our legs. He’d do okay though, until a big dog would come over and try and play with him. He’d give a few warning barks, saying he wants his personal space, but the playful pups wouldn’t leave him alone (which is totally normal!) And when they would get persistent he couldn’t handle it, then would bark and lunge and snap at other dogs.
Basically, once Nuzz reaches this level May would come and get barky and snap as well, we thought to protect Nuzz. Either way, it was bad behavior and needed to be addressed. The pups needed to learn they had nothing to fear with other dogs! So we made the decision to enroll in private lessons before obedience classes, since the obedience classes would have other dogs, and wasn’t sure how our puppies would do around them.
We’ve been to one private lesson so far and they brought out a black lab and a German Shepard, I was surprised how well the dogs did with the teacher’s instructions and commands. They eventually calmed down, and we moved onto leash training. The pups love to pull and lead the way, which is not good! That’s something we’ve had as homework and will be working on all this week until our next class. It’s pretty amazing how fast dogs do learn, within 15-20 minutes of practicing the first night at home, the puppies were starting to understand what we wanted.
My husband and I are both first time dog owners. And although we thought we had the dogs trained enough, we really hadn’t set any boundaries or rules for being on the leash or how to have confidence around new dogs. Luckily the dogs are still very young, and we have time to adjust their behavior!
Have any of you done private lessons or obedience classes for your dogs? Any bad habits your dog has that you had to get help on to break?
Thanks for reading!