Monday, March 31, 2008

My Dr.Dog Lessons

Yesterday, I went for my third Dr. Dog lesson. I love going to school because I get to meet so many big and small furry friends. There are ten of us in the class, but I can only remember a few names, there is Baby the labrador, Howler the golden retriever, Bobe the beagle, Fifi the yorkshire terrier, Bermini the husky, Bibi the poodle and our instructor's very own awesome Dr. Dogs, Luca the schnauzer and Apollo the Shetland sheepdog. We are not allowed to take photos in class, but I will try to take some photos of my classmates next week. The Dr. Dog program uses positive reinforcement in the training so I get lots of treats and praises during that one and a half hour session. What can I ask for more?

I did not have to go for the first lesson as it was just for Dad and Mom, but they did come back with some homework for me. The first class was about recognizing my name, crate training and learning the hand signal for the "sit" command.

The second lesson was learning the "down" position, heeling and the "come" command.

For yesterday's lesson, I learned to stay in position with distraction and the "look" command. One of my homework for the week is to have my meals at 10 different outdoor locations. Last night, I had dinner at the garden in the rain and today, I had breakfast in front of the metro station. The purpose of this lesson is to concentrate on eating and avoid distractions. Mom said I did pretty well.

I need to practice what I have learned, three times a day and just 5 minutes each time. I am certainly looking forward to next week's class and another car ride!

Breakfast at Metro

My handsome classmate, 7 month old, Howler

I love car rides!


Lorenza said...

Hi, Dino!
I wish I had those lessons here! sure is nice to learn all those things and meet new friends!
Enjoy them!
Kisses and hugs

Amber-Mae said...

Too bad you can't take any photos in the class. Hmm, this is actually Obedience training? Sounds really interesting. And I wonder why your friend is named Howler? He howls alot? Hee! Glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself. Btw, I saw your Voki thingy & found it to be sooo kewl! So now, I've got myself one too & now it's up in my bloggy. Go check it out...

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Dino and Family said...

Hi amber-mae, yes, it is very similar to basic obedience class, I still need to complete intermediate and advance class before I can go for the Dr. Dog test. I will ask Howler why he is named so next week. I love your Voki! Love, Dino

Rachel said...

Dino, I do believe you soon will be the star pupil in class. Please continue to let us know how lessons are going.

Emma said...

I am sure you are the star of your class and that everyone sees how adorable, cute, and smart you are! Love you Dino!