New graduate

He's a real puppy now!

I almost completely forgot to mention that we have a new graduate in the family.  Louie has completed his Puppy 1 training course.  I still find it funny that he’s now “trained” to be a puppy.

The final class consisted of a “test” to make sure he could do such actions as “sit,” “down,” and “come here.”  If you’ll remember back near the beginning of class, Louie just simply could not get the whole idea behind “down.”  I think he felt like he’s already pretty low to the ground; how much lower could we really want him to go?  Just days before the final class, he got it.  Whew.

The whole idea behind these puppy classes is that the little guys get socialized to all kinds of crazy sounds, sights, dogs and people.  Louie may have graduated summa cum laude, but he still wasn’t sure what to think when we had our first thunderstorm of the season.  He kept looking at us and barking uncertainly when he heard the booming sound roll through the house, shaking the floorboards a little.

In class, they taught us to smile and cheer when our puppies balked at a new loud sound, such as a train rumbling by or a loud jackhammer pulsing away at the concrete.  So we smiled and clapped our hands and said “Yay!” each time the thunder bellowed.  Louie looked at us as if we had lost our minds.  You could almost read the thought bubble above his head:  “Holy Dog Biscuit!  That’s a seriously loud noise coming closer and these people are cheering?  I’m trapped in a house with idiots!  Help me!”

All the cheering worked eventually, and he calmed down.  Pretty soon, he was begging us for food.  Idiots we may be, but we still control the kibble.

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Mom of three who knits a little, bakes a lot, crafts a bit and blogs about it all.
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5 Responses to New graduate

  1. Micha says:

    You are too funny…I love the part about Louie and the “down” command. He has a point!

    • Yeah, when you’re two inches off the ground, “down” is a really tough sell. Hey Micha, what kind of dog do you have?

      • Micha says:

        I have a black lab mix…we aren’t sure what else he is since he was a rescue puppy, but he’s a gem! (Except for barfing in the car…that has got to stop!) Just a little over a year now.

  2. Michelle's Cookie-Cutter Blog says:

    Yay Louie! Micha… dog barkfing in the car, eek! Thankfully our rescue doesn’t get carsick, but he barks like a psycho when near skateboards and alerts us to every *single* person who walks by our house… and we live in a city. Ay ay ay. They’ve all got their quirks. 😉

    • “They’ve all got their quirks.”

      Isn’t that the truth!!! Louie is afraid of leaves blowing around — he freezes and then looks at us like “who is going to stop THAT thing?” I can’t imagine what he’d do if the resident coyote pack came under the fence.

      Sent from my iPhone

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