I found a training center about 10 minutes from us, and was told that we'll need to attend an evaluations session before enrolling in a class. So last last Saturday, along with 11 other dogs/owners, we went to the classroom and were asked to preform a few different tests (treats are allowed):
- Walk in big circles with the dog next to you, stop and ask her to do a "sit", walk a few more circles, stop and ask her to do a "down". Turn and walk in opposite directions and repeat the commands.
- Ask her to do a "sit and stay", walk away, and ask her to "come". Then ask her to do a "down and stay", walk away, and ask her to "come".
- Play tug or fetch with the dog using a toy.
- Lure the dog to touch, step and stand on uneven and rocking surfaces.
|Maya wondering why she couldn't play with the other pups|
I was a bit too cautious, but Maya did really well, even with all the other dogs distracting her. A few days later, I got an email informing me that we passed the evaluation and will be starting the 4-week training this Saturday. The up-coming "Focus & Motivation" classes will focus on:
- Obedience with distractions.
- Impulse control.
- Shaping exercises to build confidence and foster a fully engaged 'thinking' dog that wants to work and readily offers behaviors.
- Building motivation and drive (through toys, restraint recalls etc.)
- Balance and coordination (for both person and dog).
- Introduction to agility equipment.
I am really excited and looking forward to this new activity. Hope she'll enjoy it as well.