Kindergarten, Here We Come
January 11, 2011
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Scout is officially school aged. Wednesday night marks her first day of puppy kindergarten. Since B and I are convinced we’re going to do this puppy-raising thing as best we can, we’ve enrolled Scout in a puppy course with the trainer we met back in December.
Some of the topics might be things she already knows (sit, down, etc.), but Scout can use the practice in the new environment. One of the most interesting things I learned in my puppy reading was that dogs don’t naturally equate a rule to every location in their lives. In other words, rules are location-specific. “Sit” at home doesn’t mean “sit” when you’re outside unless you teach the dog that “sit” means “sit” no matter where you are. So, this puppy class will help us do that. Also, Scout can use the practice of following our commands when there are lots of other uber-fun distractions around, like other dogs and people.
I find myself hoping that she does well and behaves herself. Unlike the mom of a child, I don’t have to drop her off and leave her for the day, so there are none of those stresses, but I do want her to do well and not act like the class clown, which is entirely possible with Scout’s bubbly personality. We’ll report back and let you know how things go!