So hope everyone had fun with teaching the 'Touch' command last week.
Intermediates have learnt a left turn, this will teach their dog to move back out of the handler's way . Especially good if walking in busy or narrow pathways. They will also be pushing the amount of time that they are leaving their dog in a down and sit stay but also increasing the distance but keeping the time short. We re-capped on the 'leave it' command, surprising how many of them could not resist the liver cake I was holding!!!
This was the first week that the beginner dog's have been into class and as usual a little bit of a noisy start but they soon settled down and I have to say that they all did amazingly well. The down presented a problem to some mainly the small dog's but by luring them under legs all of them managed it in class. The 'let's go' we did individually and we had some of the younger dog's that obviously have not learnt to pull yet walking on lovely loose leads (and long may it continue), but of course there were those that are a bit older and have learnt to pull. These dog's really got the concept of if the handler stops then they have to relax and stop pulling and in most cases the dogs immediately went back to the handler's side and were rewarded for doing so.
The 'come' is a command that everyone want's their dog to do and I have to say that all of them were turning and returning to their handler immediately. One little pup even managed to turn and go straight back to their handler even though there was another dog directly in front of them wanting to play (we don't normally teach this for a good few weeks) so well done Nikki and Apple.
And finally we teach the 'meet and greet' whilst not all of the dog's sat none of them jumped up at either me or Sue and we were holding food!
Great week and I look forward to see the progress everyone makes with the hard work that I know will be put in this week at home.
In the Summer of 2012, Chris (that's me)! took over the full running and ownership of the Henley classes up until then they had been running under the banner of CDTS.