enter site My Mom, Dad and I took a drive and stopped in front of a small house with a big circular driveway. I looked out the window and saw puppies of all shapes and sizes running around. What? Am I really going to get to play with all these puppies? We walked inside and I immediately tried to jump on the puppy closest to me. With that my Mom leaned down and placed a metal collar around my neck. It was unfamiliar and a little cold. But, with just a little pull it tightened around my neck. I am no rocket scientist, but something told me I wasn’t here to get wild and crazy with my new friends. Mom and Dad sat down in the chair closest to the wall and I had no choice but to lie down next to the chair. A large golden nearby barked at me. I wanted to jump up, but still couldn’t. Anyway, he didn’t look like he was in such a good mood.
here Mom pointed out the teacher to me. She announced that she was going to start class soon. I wasn’t exactly sure what a class was, but I went along with it. Although the teacher had a gentle touch, she had a real strict look on her face. I wasn’t sure my puppy cuteness was going to help me this time. It was time to join the class so Mom and I walked onto the wooden floor in the middle of the room. Dad stayed behind in the chair. I turned to look to him for help, but he just smiled and said, “go on”. I guess the guys were not sticking together today. The teacher asked us to make a circle, with all puppies lying next to their parent’s feet. I did this quickly, but not before throwing my paw over the mixed breed next to me. Thought I’d stir up some fun before class began, but Mom pulled on my metal collar and I stopped pulling. Man, this collar is going to be no fun at all!
One by one, each puppy was asked to walk beside their parent from one end of the room to the other. Some of the puppies were not so good. The first one to follow this instruction was a cute Pit Bull named JoJo. She had some real attitude. However, she strutted her stuff from one end of the room to another with no problem. Everyone clapped and I felt a little jealous. I can do that too you know! I started to walk, but once again Mom pulled on the leash attached to my metal collar and said “sit”. I didn’t want to, but I did. The next victim, er..student, I mean, was a nervous collie named Ella. Ella made it halfway across the floor before relieving herself all over the shiny wood floor. Her mother promptly pulled out a paper towel from her jacket pocket and cleaned the floor. That was it for Ella. My turn was next. Mom pulled on my leash and said “heel” – what does that mean? Well, since she was holding the leash quite tight, I could only assume I was supposed to walk close to her leg. When we walked across the floor, I tried to contain my excitement. I walked a few steps, skipped a few steps, walked a few steps. But all in all, I did pretty well. The class also clapped for me which made me feel good. Two Goldens, one Lab, one Husky and a German Sheppard followed. Some did well, some did not. When they did not walk nicely across the floor, the teacher would take the puppy’s leash from the parent and (not so gently) walk the puppy across the floor saying “heel”. Some puppies looked scared, some angry. Like I said, that Pit Bull can catch a real “tude” if you know what I mean.
The teacher asked the parents to practice this at home and come back next week. Gee whiz, we have to come back again? It’s not like I got to play with any puppies or anything. I will have to talk to Dad about this in the car. Before I could say goodbye to my new friends, another class was coming in and we were asked to leave immediately. Mom and Dad took me outside to a grassy area. I could tell they wanted me to get down to business right away so I did. Sometimes, you can tell your parents are in no mood for any funny business – no sense of humor!
We got back into the car. I sat on Dad’s lap while Mom started the car. Before I could say anything, Dad said “That was a great class. Bailey really needs this training. I’ll come next week with you and Bailey”. I thought to myself, “Thanks a lot Dad. You sure know how to help a guy out!” Looks like there’s no way out of puppy training classes. Stay tuned………