So if you’ve been reading my blog posts lately, you know that I just recently got a whoodle (Wheaten terrier- Poodle) puppy named Kala! Training and acclimating your pup is crucial to their development, so as soon as Kala got all of her vaccinations, we knew it was time to bring her to school. While school may be a bit of a drag to people, it’s so much fun for puppies! If you want to check out more information on my dog, then go to my first Whoodle Diaries post, but if you want to just see a bunch of adorable puppies enter their first steps from puppy-hood to dog-hood, then keep on reading!
Today was Kala’s second time going to puppy class. Since she knew where she was going this time, she couldn’t have been more happy; tail wagging and jumping around, ready for the abundance of tasty treats heading her way. Most exciting of all: her friends! During the first class we went to, Kala was a bit weary of playing with the other pups since she didn’t know them. Today, however, the other puppies were familiar faces that she just couldn’t wait to play with. Luckily, every puppy was sectioned off by dividers so that they didn’t get too distracted by their friends. In our little quadrant with divider walls, there were two chairs, and in front of which we placed a towel for Kala to sit on. Now we were ready to get training!
We started off by doing “sit” five times with our puppy. Kala is pretty smart so she already knows the hand signals for many commands, and was able to do “sit” very easily. The delicious treats we had also made her very motivated, which made doing commands practically effortless. We continued on with a lot of review, such as “touch”, “down”, and “look at me.” Kala was on a roll today, and we went through these commands like a breeze. The dog trainer would check up on each dog often, and Kala was always doing what she was supposed to be doing. Moments like those make you feel like a proud dog-mom.
After touching up on some previous lessons, we moved onto a new command: “leave it.” Kala is already good at dropping stuff for us when we tell her to, however, its always good to know these commands just in case. I began by making her favorite toy (an old – and now pretty much destroyed – deflated bulldog) very enticing by moving it around and making it look alive. Soon enough, Kala and I were in a pretty intense game of tug-of-war. Then, to her surprise, I brought out my other hand, which was enclosed with a treat, and said the command, “Leave it.” She smelled the treat so she let go of the toy and went to sniff my hand. As soon as she let go of the toy, I opened my hand and gave her the treat. This let her know that because she let go of the toy, she got a treat. The instructor also told us that this lets the pup know that the fun isn’t over when the game stops, and that it’s okay to let go of the toy. After a few tries, Kala completely got it. Setting aside a couple hours a week to go to puppy class has extremely aided us in training Kala, and her willingness to learn (especially today) astonishes me!
Another great aspect of puppy class is the resources it brings you. After some training, we let the pups have a break to relax their brain and chew on a delicious bone. During this break, we got to chat with the instructors and were able to get some advice on problems we’ve been dealing with at home. Last class we talked about puppy biting, which helped my family a lot. In fact, in the week after getting the puppy biting advice, we were able to almost completely resolve the issue. Today we mainly talked about potty training, which was very useful, as Kala has been having lots of accidents lately. We also asked some questions that were specific to Kala, which was very helpful because you can’t find that kind of information online. Hopefully she’ll perfect the art of doing her business outside soon!
The last part of class is always my favorite! The instructor put out some objects that were new to the puppies, for example, skateboards and baby strollers. When you introduce objects like these to a dog when they are young, they are less likely to grow up and be scared of it. After introducing Kala to each object on leash, it was time to let her off leash to play with her friends! The pups all ran towards each other; and it seemed like if this was a part in a movie, it would definitely be played in slow motion. They all jumped on one another while weaving through all the new objects they just met. I just couldn’t stop smiling because a) it was adorable and b) Kala was actually playing and having fun with the other puppies! Puppy play time ended a bit soon in my opinion, although I probably would still think that even if they had played for an entire hour.
Puppy class was so much fun! I love seeing how Kala can learn to do so many things, and it shows me that I could possibly train her to become a service dog if I wanted to, which I think would be super cool. Also, watching how much fun she has during these classes makes me feel just about as happy as she feels. When we first started class she didn’t want to play with other dogs, however, now whenever she sees a dog she wants to play with them. Puppy classes have taught her a lot about playing well in the sandbox, and I am very glad because at this age, socialization is key in a dog’s upbringing. I hope that I was able to give you some insight on what puppy training class is like. If you are considering going to class, just know that it definitely assists the training process, and your pup will have a blast!
As always, thank you so much for reading my blog, written By me, Emily.