Proud mama

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.

Charlie has mastered "sit".

Not to be outdone by his brother, Jojo (left) shows off his "sit" skills, too.

Charlie learning "down". (This one is a work in progress.)

Stef

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About Stef

A "serious" gal who is trying to remember to lighten up and smile.
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10 Responses to Proud mama

  1. barb19 says:

    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!

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    • Stef says:

      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. 🙂

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  2. good for you. You are such a great mama, investing time, money, and loads of love in these two precious ones.

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  3. Sarah Harris says:

    Talk about puppy dog eyes – all of them irresistable!

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