Repeat with me, Learning is stressful.
Last night Bug and I went to the drop-in breed handling class at Masterpeace. Kerry Boyd, an all-breed handler, typically runs the class. When Bug first came home with me, Kerry and I exchanged quite a few e-mails and I had plans of immediately starting her class. The doggies had other plans - they have had chiropractor appointments on Wednesday for the last couple of months which equals no handling class. Chiropractor takes precedence. Finally, last night no one had a chiropractor appointment!
Cat started attending this class with Tessie right around the time Bug came home and it sounds like she has enjoyed it to date, which reassured me. Last night there was a substitute instructor as Kerry was getting ready for the shows this weekend in Springfield. There were also only two other dogs and handlers in the class, a GORGEOUS Viszla bitch and a male Keeshond.
Unfortunately for me, there wasn't a ton of actual instructing. The woman was very nice, but her experience is in handling Great Danes and she didn't really seem to know how to deal with a COMPLETE and UTTER novice. The other two people attending class had a little bit of experience and quite a bit of experience. She had us stack the dog (which I do not know how to do), stand for the judge's inspection, gait the dog in a triangle, do some freestacking, and more gaiting.
SO, not a rousing success. I actually thought I was going to throw up for a while I was so nervous and the lack of newbie instruction was torturous for me. We did do a little bit of play time because there were only three dogs and it was an hour class - and the dogs were getting brain fried. Bug was super! He didn't do any "I wanna play, oh maybe I don't." He was confident, happy, and adored the Viszla.
So, my goals are to work Sue Ailsby's Conformation Stacking and put "Stand" on cue. Also, turn Bug's show lead into a cue.
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