I got so much out of our class with Carmen last week that I decided to go again this week. And every week hereafter until I’m employed and no longer able to attend Tues morning training classes. Man, I wish I was self-employed or independently wealthy. Then I could have whatever schedule I wanted! Being unemployed achieves the same end but it’s not as much fun, sadly.
Yesterday the class was smaller, only Wally, a Beardie, and a Frenchie (well, three Frenchies but they rotated in and out) for most of the time we were there. A Keeshond and an Akita showed up a bit later, with Wally and the Akita being the only dogs over 1 year. The others were 6 months, which was horribly enticing to Wally since all they wanted to do was play with him. So far Wally is the only finished dog attending the classes, with the others all being unfinished and mostly puppies. This is actually pretty awesome since Wally and I get more detail work to improve our overall game. Puppies really just need experience and maturity (mental and physical). Wally still needs more physical maturity but we also need to know the little tricks that will get us noticed as polished pros in the breed ring.
Tricks like how to stack him on the table so we can show off a little without looking like I’m an acrobat. Or how to do the free stack after our down-and-back so as to show him off to his best advantage. Or little things like standing with my feet together in order to present a less distracting picture. Plus we just get more time practicing the basics, like examination on the table or hand stacking in a line up. We still need to nail the free stack, too. Practice makes perfect!