Last Sunday was our final Dr. Dog lesson. The class started with our owners carrying us and sitting in a circle. I am a little to big to be carried on the lap, so I only had my upper body on Dad's lap. One owner and dog heeled around while those owners who were sitting, gave their dogs a massage all over.
The last two tricks that we learned were jumping over on command and catching hoops thrown at us.
Here we are practicing with the hoops.
Then, our instructor placed some papers on the floor and we heeled around them and I had to sit and stay when we are near the paper. Then Dad picked up the paper, walked a bit and then drop the paper on the floor before I could get up to get a treat. This is an excellent practice for situations when our owners had to stop to pick up our poo or answer their mobile phones.
Next was getting used to walking on different materials and we took turns to walk on different types of surfaces.
This was followed by learning to go through a tunnel chute.
Lastly, our instructor marked a cross in the middle and we and our owners had to stand at opposite sides of the rooms. First, I had to do a down stay and then go to Dad when he says "come" and when I reached the cross in the middle, I had to do a down stay again. Our instructor said that this skill is often used by dogs on movie sets when they have to go to a down position at a specific location. I did pretty well in this segment, below is a short clip to share! Doggywood, here I come!
I left the class with a heavy heart because I don't know when I will be seeing my friends again. Today is a Sunday and I already miss going to school. Lastly, I would like to thank Molly, our instructor for guiding us through this advanced level. It was super fun, practically stress free and I learned so many tricks that will come in useful when I start servicing.
Yesterday, Dad and Mom attended a session of therapy dog handler workshop in the morning without me. I hope they will bring me on the next lesson. For now, I am still practicing and learning new tricks everyday.