Letty graduated from Puppy Class last night and that included running through the test for the AKC STAR Puppy Program. Pups do a series of exercises that include a recall, sit, down, walking on leash, giving up a treat, jumping over some low jumps, running through a tunnel, and allowing the owner to handle feet, tail, etc. Letty did well, and it was great fun to watch her classmates perform. Amazing how far some of them have come in six weeks! I was very pleased with how well Letty did. It was a terrific class, lots of fun, and Letty learned so much and developed a lot of self confidence. I'm sorry it's over!
Unfortunately, most training schools have classes for pups up to the age of 4 months (when starting) but they are not eligible for the next level until they are 6 months old. Letty is now 5 months old so will be sitting out for awhile. I need to find places to take her every week to keep up the socialization.
She goes camping at Alana's this weekend. We'll miss her, but it will give me a chance to put some extra work into Sparkle who also did well last night in her second week of class. While Sparkle did her 6:00 class, Letty stayed quietly in her crate and watched all the activity - good dog, Letty. That's another thing dogs need to learn. While Letty was in her 7:00 class Sparkle fussed a bit but was not as bad as I expected, and she spent part of the hour being tended by one of the Pet Junction employees. More useful socialization as Sparkle got to "help" at the counter!