My very first puppy class was an exciting evening. I had no idea what to expect. One of my bipeds took me in the car. We stopped outside a village hall and she carried me in. There were already about ten puppies in there with their bipeds. The other puppies were all as excited as I was. I was surprised at how small some of them were.
There were chairs spaced out around an area covered in rubber matting. We went over and my biped sat down and put me on the floor. There were lots of interesting smells.
The trainer went into the middle of the room and started talking. I started wriggling closer to the puppy nearest to me. None of the other puppies wanted to sit still either. We all wanted to play with each other and have a good sniff around.
Then I heard the trainer tell one of the puppies and its biped to get up and go to her. She took the collar of the puppy and sent the biped to the other end of the room – this was interesting. The biped got down on his knees and called, “Benjy come”.
Benjy went flying down the room as fast as his little legs would carry him. The bipeds all thought he was very cute. A couple of puppies did the same thing when it was their turn. Then it was my turn. It may come as a surprise to those that know me to hear that I did a perfect recall as well! Everyone said how cute I looked hurtling down the room to my biped. The truth is that I was a little bit nervous and wanted to be near my own biped.
After everyone had taken a turn at doing a recall, we all walked around the room on leads. I didn’t like walking on a lead at all. I demanded a treat for each step I took. I thought that my biped might give up on the idea if I made progress as difficult as possible.
Then we all had to settle down on the floor while we were brushed. Our bipeds had to look in our ears and check our paws. This was getting silly! There were all those interesting puppies to play with and the trainer wanted us to do all these really boring things. I was really tired by now and getting quite irritable about not being able to play.
The next part of the evening was a lot of fun though. The trainer encouraged children to attend the puppy classes so that all puppies could meet and interact with children. The trainer told the children to go and make a fuss of a puppy. They all came to make a fuss of me. I loved it, but unfortunately the trainer wouldn’t let them all stay. She said that all the puppies must get some attention.
It was time to go home and I was exhausted.
In the weeks that followed I did my best to liven up the boring parts of the evening, but I’ll tell you about that another time.
See you next Wednesday!