Thursday, November 30, 2006
King of the Puppy Class
Hey you guys,
Wow, so nice to see lots of you have found my blog & enjoyed reading about me. Thanks for all the comments about my cuteness/handsome-ness/rugged good looks. I am trying not to let it go to my head. Mum does tell me quite a lot, so I'm kind of used to it.
I had a busy day yesterday. I had my usual morning walk & saw my friend Sam. He's a Golden Lab & doesn't mind too much when I bite his face & whack him with my front paws, so he's pretty cool in my book. Weirdly, some dogs just don't go for that for reasons I just can't fathom. Mum says it's because they're not puppies any more, but I'm sure I'll still want to play when I'm all grown up. We went to play some football at lunchtime. I hadn't been able to do that for a few days as it has rained so much here that the field was really muddy & mum didn't want to have to bath me so soon after my posh new hair cut. I love getting muddy though, it feels goooooooodd!
In the evening I went to puppy class. I love going so much & when mum stops the car outside the hall I get a little crazy with excitement. She tried to make me go toilet before we went in, but I just wanted to get in there to see the others. I was a bit sad though as my bestest buddy Maverick the Great Dane has moved up to the adult class as mum said he's not really a puppy any more. Hopefully I'll see him again when I move up to the next class as he is a realy cool guy & he's way huger than me even. Still, there was a new Chocolate Lab to play with. He was quite naughty though & bit his mum a few times and made her fingers bleed. He did it to the instructor too, naughty boy! Now I have all my adult teeth I don't do that, but I'm sure mum can remember how sharp my puppy teeth were, he he. I think everyone liked my new hairdo, Molly the only foxy lady in my class even lay on her back & let me lick her, so she must think I'm sexy. Her mum said she's just a hussy, whatever that means.
I just have one thing to get ticked off now to get my Bronze Certificate. Hopefully I can do that next week & then I'll get my certificate the week after at our Puppy Class Christmas Party, woo hoo! Mum says dad is going to come along to that one to see how well I've been doing, so I'm looking forward to that already. I did hear some mention that I'm going to be wearing something called fancy dress, so not too sure what that involves. Mum seems to think that as I'm called Sherifs Sundance Kid, it would be cool to dress me as a cowboy. I saw she'd been looking on a website at an outfit called "Woody from Toy Story". Hmm...
To pass my Bronze Certificate I have had to:
Dog to sit in front of handler & stay in that position until told to move
Do to go into down position on command in front of handler & stay until told to move
Walk on a loose lead
Dog to walk in a relaxed manner on left of handler without lagging or pulling
Dog to come back to handler when called & have lead attached
Dog to leave & take a titbit when tolf
Do to go through a gate/doorway in a controlled manner
Handler to play with the dog, start & stop a game & be able to take any articles away from the dog
Do to be under control when being greeted & not jump up
Handler to be able to examine the dog's teeth, ears, feet etc without resistance
Dog to accept being groomed by the handler
I just have my play to get signed off next week, but that should be cool as I'm pretty good at dropping a toy (well, apart from my tuggie, but that's just too much fun to give it up without a fight).
After puppy class we went to pick dad up. He had been helping his friends rip out their old kitchen as they've just moved house & are getting a new one fitted. They were really tired & dirty & had poorly hands from working so hard. I tried to lick dad's better. We walked to get Chinese takeaway. I really wanted to go in the shop as it smelled sooooooo good, but there was no way I was getting in there. Boring. So I just sat outside with mum looking cute & got lots of petting from passers by, so it worked out OK in the end.
I had hoped to snaffle some food when we got home, but I was just so pooped after my class & walk that I just couldn't keep my eyes open no matter how hard I tried. Good job I did get some shut eye, as one of the neighbour's car alarms went off at 6am & kept going on & off for over an hour, grr. Still, it meant mum got up a bit earlier & I got a longer walk, so all's well with my world.