Hu-mom at the keyboard today.
Mario, the foster puggle, has been with us since March 14, 2012. He's settled in and gotten into our routine pretty much. He is a sweet, affectionate and smart dog. He just has LOTS of energy and a stubborn streak.
He came to us with some training and has such a good, sweet heart. He's a lot more rambunctious than Minnie or Mack. We've been working with him on his manners and focusing on the right thing (not the cats or food) which is really hard for him. Being a puggle - half pug and half beagle- he has both of their strong attributes - stubbornness of the pug and very strong sniffer of the beagle. This does pose a challenge for him in regards to training. His stubbornness shows through when he won't break his stare at food or animals instead of focusing on the person giving his command. His strong sense of smell gets him in trouble - like counter surfing...etc. After talking with friends and a dog trainer, I decided both Mario and I needed to go back to school to freshen up our training techniques and maybe learn a few new things or two. Don't worry, Minnie and Mack, I will certainly bring these new things home for you guys, too!
So after looking at the training options in our area this is where we're going to start on Wednesday June 6!
Specifically tailored for puppies over 5 months and adult dogs that have had no previous training.
- Certificate of completion earned.
- Course length: 6 weeks.
Key topics include:
- Simple cues, such as sit, come, down and others
- Problem solving
- House manners
- Canine health, grooming and nutrition
- Relationship-forming games
Mario does know the basics but doesn't know all of them. I'm also thinking of trying him out for non competitive agility and it does require obedience training. So this is our start!
Minnie completed the beginner and intermediate levels at Petsmart when she was a youngster and we thoroughly enjoyed the classes and instructors.
We still have our fingers crossed for Mario to find a forever home but certainly don't want him to be returned to fosterhood because of training issues. So this is just another step for him to become a perfect pet for some wonderful family out there!
Enjoy the sunshine, warmth ~I can remember the cold weather was just here not too long ago!