Whoever said being a puppy was easy, never went through Puppy 2 training class. I’ve been working my tail off to learn and master new commands. I’ve learned how to “stand”, “stand-stay”, “sit-stay”, and “down-stay”. At least with all my hard work at Puppy 2 training class, I get to play just as hard with my new friends I’ve made in the class!
My puppy raiser did the craziest thing in January, she swapped me for another dog and sent me to Hero Dogs Maggie’s house for a week! I thought it was going to scary, but it turned out to be a blast! HD Maggie must never get bored with 2 human sisters, another dog, a cat, guinea pigs, and fish to play with all day. I’m pretty sure they love me more because they played with me all week and took me for walks everyday. HD Maggie’s puppy raiser was extremely impressed with how great I walked on my leash. Of course we practiced my skills I’ve been taught and worked diligently on doing different types of stairs.
Not long after my return to back to my puppy raisers, I was taken to the pup-erinarian! I was on my best behavior while in the waiting room. I “settled” like the sweet angel I am. After being taken into the exam room, I went “under” my puppy raiser’s chair the entire time. When the doctor came in, I didn’t budge! My puppy raisers were so proud of me!
Like all of my fellow Hero Dogs, I have to do my part for the organization and help with fundraising. I strutted my stuff at the Towson American Legion fundraiser event by “pushing” the Easy Button and picking up every my puppy raiser dropped. There was even a special surprise waiting for me there, my puppy scholarship sponsor, Chuck! He hasn’t seen me since I was 10 weeks old. Boy, oh boy, was he shocked at how much I have grown and have learned so far!
Puppy 2 training class builds on the skills I learned in Puppy kindergarten and prepares me for the next class – Big Dogs! My puppy raiser and I have kicked up my training a notch and have started attending the Big Dogs training classes as well. I get so exhilarated seeing all my service dog hombres during class, but I try to be on my best behavior in order to learn everything Ms. Jennifer is teaching. I have big paws to live up to as those big dogs are real impressive with all the skills they have mastered.
I might not know as many commands as the kennel dogs, but I have been perfecting the ones I do know. On my walks we are constantly working on “heel” and “side”. These are highly important commands to know as I’ll never know which side my Veteran will need me on. My puppy raiser likes it when I carry the mail from the mailbox back to the house without shredding it. My puppy raiser says this works on my “holding” skills…still would be funnier to shred the mail I think.