I currently spend Thursday nights at the Metro South MSPCA on the Brockton/Easton line. I assist another trainer in teaching Good Manners Classes, Puppy Classes, and occasionally Canine Good Citizen classes. Yesterday evening was the first class of a new Good Manners session and that requires a demo dog. Denise, the woman I train with, asked if I could bring Ike.
Ike was an excellent boy. We are supposed to have 5 students in this class, and only one couple showed up. That doesn't bode well. The couple is in their late 60s/early 70s and Ike grumbled a bit at the man initially. He was tall, wearing a hat, you know the drill.
However, Ike settled right down and gave me EXCELLENT attention the entire hour!
Ike demo'd "Watch" and "Sit." The trouble with "Sit" is the second I move my hand near his nose he sits. Oh well, I was able to explain it to the couple. I almost think a shelter dog would be a better demo dog as they don't know anything half the time and the other half they are so distracted it is tough to get their attention. I think it would make the behaviors seem more attainable to the students.
This session Denise is going to be my "assistant" and I am going to be the instructor. This is the last session that we will be using this program and she offered me the opportunity to teach it, hooray! I am a bit nervous, but hopefully that will pass - I have been assisting her for the past two years I should be dreaming about this stuff. I will keep you'all posted on how I do. I know that Denise will give me helpful and honest feedback.
4 days ago