Well, now that I am living at the kennel, the social scene has changed a lot as there are quite a few of us training here. My mentor puppy, Gracie, has been trying to set a good example for me. The human teachers have set up a pretty tough curriculum. I have to come when called, even if I’m in the middle of playing with all my buddies. I need to practice walking nicely on a leash and at heel and side, and I’m not allowed to forget about anything I’ve been taught before – all those skills have to be practiced!
There are a lot of new things to learn, too, and I can’t say I love all of them, especially this business of dropping our Kongs in a bucket after we’ve finished our dinner. It also seems that there’s a certain way to turn that I have to master. There is a whole course in how to behave when you go to the veterinarian. Cooperation is the key to passing that class! I have to learn to hold still while my head is in a head lock, and while I have my ears, eyes, and mouth examined. I have to learn how to give my paw in case I would need blood drawn. It’s a big job for me, but I’m glad that everyone is sure I can manage it if I try, so I’m trying my best to live up to all their expectations. Plus, my puppy raiser comes to class each week to work with me, which is great!
My sister Mae recently moved into the kennel next to mine and has begun her second phase of training! I admit, she and I play a little too roughly with each other (who says girl puppies can’t be tough?), so for now she and I must play in separate puppy play groups. For example, I played out in the snow with Grant and York, and we cooperatively stopped for a picture! During rest periods and at the end of the day, Mae and I can trade fun puppy stories because her kennel is so close to mine! Also, she and I both love playing with Gracie, who is kinda like a big sister puppy as well as our mentor… she plays very energetically with us and wags her tail quite a bit, but if one of us gets too rough, she kindly but firmly lets us know! Radar said something about keeping us younger puppies in line, but I’m not quite sure what that means.
I recently went to Radar’s birthday party, and that was fun! There were not only the regular outings to pet stores, grocery stores and restaurants (those are places where people get to eat and dogs generally don’t) but also I got to visit a preschool. I think they liked having a Hero Dog-in-training visit them, and I enjoyed seeing some smaller sized humans than I am accustomed to, as I am more familiar with slightly older school-age kids. I also took a Metro ride to DC – noisy, busy, lots of people, new smells and sights, and here I am to tell the tale!