[/QUOTE]Originally posted by maltx3@Feb 28 2005, 07:23 PM
I take my 5 month old Brie to obedience school. We are teaching our puppies to heel on leash by holding the leash in our right hand, the puppy is on your left, and you put treats in your left hand (several tiny treats, maybe 6 or 8) so your hand is facing backward kinda cupped, and then you bend really really low with your hand just above your ankle and walk. Your puppy should have his face in your hand eating and will therefore be in the heel position beside you. When your puppy walks beside you and eats from your hand you say YES, and praise a lot, and keep feeding treats until you break the command and stand up. You should only do this for short distances (I'm sure your legs & back will let you know when to straighten up) and only repeat a couple of times so the puppy doesn't eat too much. We haven't used any command yet, we only use a command once the puppy knows the action. We simply start them off with "Lets Go". Hope this helps.
[/QUOTE]Originally posted by 20202@Mar 10 2005, 09:10 PM
I was at Petsmart tonight and noticed that they were having a Graduation Class for about 8 to 10 dogs. They were all mid size, like cocker spaniels, etc. I stood there and watched and I have to say I was not impressed at all. The instructor was attempting to get photos of each dog wearing the same graduation cap. I'm not sure but I think the majority of this class was spent doing that. None of the dogs would sit still, they were climbing all over one another, the instructor had NO control of the class at all. People were yanking on their dogs leashes and saying SIT, SIT, SIT. I tell you what, if I had been in that class I'd have demanded my money back.
Number one, I don't think you need to yank on the leash and number two, I'm not going to beg my dog to SIT. If they don't do it on the first command, I don't think they're trained. My Cricket never went to a class in her life and I know for a fact that if I told her to sit and put a hat on her, she'd sit there wearing that hat till I gave the release command. These dogs were jumping and trying to grab the hat, their owners were hanging on for dear life. The instructor clearly was more interested in the photo op of the dog's wearing that hat than she was in how the dogs were acting.
Am I way off base here? Am I just a super mean mom? I don't expect that behavior out of Izzy yet because she's only a baby but I certainly do expect her to behave better than that graduating class when she's older.
Please tell me if I have no idea of what a class should be like. I stood there and vowed that I'd never take a Petsmart class.