Sunday, July 12, 2015

In home training with Mark and Rodeo in Portland

Dear Mark and Rodeo,

I am excited to be going back to my forever home, but I have to admit that I am a tad nervous about the out briefing between you and Stephen and Kathy. Thank you for spending two weeks together with me for in-home training. I am very excited about everything I have learned. Anything I can learn to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test is great. I had my first class Monday, June 22, 2015 and it didn't go so well.

I was supposed to Sit Stay when someone came up to shake hands with Stephen, but I kept jumping up. I don't think this was entirely fair, the person that came up was Nikki, my trainer for Petco Puppy 1 and Petco Puppy II. I was excited to see her, I think that is understandable.

Stephen thinks I should work on my walking skills. In my pack we have three kinds of walks. There is Heel, which is OK if I get a treat or two, I usually do that with Kathy. There is Walking, that means we cover some territory, I get to put a few things in my mouth, especially sticks, but I cannot sniff every blade of grass and may not chew on my lead. I am learning to speed sniff. Walking means I may not get to meet every person or dog we encounter and I am not supposed to bark. I really enjoyed walking with your pack in Portland. Finally there is off lead. Stephen and Kathy only let me do this in safe places like Banker's Spit Private Dog Park and our back yard.

If it is OK, please do not tell Stephen and Kathy about my barking problem. That cut me to the quick when you started calling me Sir Barks a Lot. Rodeo, can you explain this to Mark, sometimes a dog just has to bark. Thanks for the photo, it will always remind me of boot camp.

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