At the beginning of this year I enrolled Charlie (one of our two 11-year-old puppies) in basic obedience classes. He came to us knowing his name and how to sit, but those were pretty much the extent of his direction-taking abilities. (And he did them selectively.) Yesterday Charlie (and I) completed our fifth class in a series of eight sessions – so we are halfway through our Obedience Level 1 journey. During the hour-long instruction, the teacher used Charlie as the “demo dog” a few different times – and each time he behaved like a champ! He sat, he followed, he heeled… he was great! As the instructor praised him, I beamed – I was so pleased with our good little boy! Granted, he and I still have a ways to go (once the treats are removed from the picture the obedience becomes a little more ‘relaxed’ on Charlie’s part [i.e., he doesn’t perform the commands quite as quickly as when a food lure is involved, and sometimes he chooses not to perform the task the first time I say so]), but he’s a little smartie, and he’s learning…and I continue to be delighted by him. What a cool guy.
For an 11 year old dog, he is amazing – it just goes to show that you CAN learn an old dog new tricks! Good boy Charlie! Looks like Jojo is copying Charlie! They are both so cute and cuddly!
One of my friends asked me today if older dogs really could learn new things – and I emphatically responded, “Yes!” They are both very good boys indeed. 🙂
good for you. You are such a great mama, investing time, money, and loads of love in these two precious ones.
Aw, thank you Joss. They are so well-behaved, they make it ‘easy’ for us to invest in them. 🙂
Talk about puppy dog eyes – all of them irresistable!
I agree, they are pretty darn cute boys. 😉 Thanks for your comment!
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