Now I am a big mature, young man pug!
Of course mom still thinks I'm a baby. She is wrong though because I have gotten too big for puppy play group, now I'm ready for Basic Training: Obedience 101! I go to training at Its Your Dog in Sussex County, its almost an hour and a half from our house, but they offer a puppy play group and Basic 101 class combo that mom wanted.....and Sunday was the first day of 101.
To get confident I followed my Pal Sid's advice on Confidence Shirts. Mine are from Cafe Press, they use American Apparel t-shirts and they can put saying on your shirt. They have a million pre-made shirts with sayings from movies and books that mom goes nuts for. So to get my confidence up I put one of my new shirts on Sunday morning:
|In case anyone's interested this is what my shirt says:|
It is a reference to a silly character Freddie Threepwood from some stories written by one of mom's favorite author's PG Wodehouse the shirt is pretty cool, but I was dissapointed to learn that there are no actual Donaldson's Dog Joy Biscuits.
Mom made a special obedience class morning breakfast, Lemon Blueberry Pancakes (of course she really made the pancakes for herself and Dad) but I got a taste which sort of made up for the Donaldson's Dog Joy Dissapointment.
Lemon Cream Cheese Blueberry Pancakes from Food 52
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch salt
2 eggs, seperated
1 cup buttermilk, shaken
6 ounces cream cheese cut in small pieces
1 table spoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons lemon juice
zest of one large lemon
1 1/2 cups blueberries
I was the youngest dog in class by about 6 months and I was the only one for whom it was the first class. So I studiously watched the other older dogs perform the exercises first:
The class was mostly on leash walking and I totally nailed it. After all the point of walking is obviously to get to all the exciting things as quickly as possible. Mom seems to think I didn't do quite perfect and was saying some things about the need for more practice at home, and sighing a bit as she tripped over my lead. The trainer lady fitted me for a front fitting harness. I think this was because I am so super cool that the lady just wanted to get me a new cooler grown up dog harness instead of my old baby one, but mom says it is to stop me pulling.
Any way class was a blast and I managed to eat about 7 good size freeze dried tripe treats. I can't wait until next Sunday!