Bennie begins puppy classes in a couple of weeks. I'm not sure what to expect, but I do know that the trainers forbid any use of aversive training or tools which feels aligned with me. And the place has doggy daycare and grooming available, so I'm eager to check it all out in case I need such services in the future.Today was Freddy's first puppy class - held inside, thank heavens, because the weather has been horrible.
He did very well. All the other pups are much bigger than him - labs, pointer, whippet, spaniels and a cockerpoo - and mostly quite a bit older, but we were well spaced out and there was no mixing. He settled very nicely by my feet on a comfy bed with a Kong, and was not too worried by the noisy big puppy shenanigans going on around the room. He sat beautifully when asked, learned hand touching in a few repetitions, and then faded out before we really got onto the next game - it was Look at Me, which won't take long to teach at home. He snuggled down on my lap and very nearly fell asleep, too tired to even watch what was going on for the last quarter of an hour. And he managed to hold on to do an enormous pee until we got outside, which was excellent. I had taken a pad, and knew he needed to go, but he still waited.
He managed quite a large lunch despite having oodles of treats, and then went straight to sleep, completely cream crackered. I'm just hoping he wakes up in time for a walk before it starts raining again!
Freddy sounds like he felt quite cozy to settle in that environment! I imagine Bennie will be the pogo-ing, excited, eager poodle-y pup that she is when we go. She needs to meet everyone (at least this is what she demonstrates when I take her out to socialize).