The life and times of an English Airedale Terrier puppy

Thursday, November 30, 2006

King of the Puppy Class

Pooped after 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
Leave it
Dog to leave & take a titbit when tolf
Doorway Situation
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
Controller Greeting
Do to be under control when being greeted & not jump up
Vet Check
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.

Oscar x


Super Boy & Baby-Licious said...

Hey Oscar
Just dropping by to say Hi. We are Sunshade's Friends.

Boy n Baby

Sunshade said...

Hey lil' man,

You sure sound like a well behaved Aire-pup!! I'm proud of ya. You know what I'm even prouder of you? That you LOVE BEING MUDDY!!! That's my favourite look too, that's why I feel the need to dig everyday and lie in my mud holes to sleep.

You said you don't think you'll stop playing even when you're an adult. Let me tell ya, my breeder said Airedales don't stop being puppies until they are 6!! oops...that means I can't act so Sunshade-y anymore since I just turned 7.... SIGH...

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade

Buster the Wired Fox Terror said...

I am never a good boy. Well, almost never.

Bussie Kissies

Maggie said...

I don't get into muddy messes too much because I hate baths but this does sound like fun! I can remember obedience class (way back when) and how mom always tried to get me to pee and poo before heading inside. Seeing friends is just so much more important!

Love ya lots!

Marvin The Dog said...

Hi Oscar, I am a friend of Sunshade! Just dropped by to sniff out your Blog. My Ma got all excited when she read where you lived.....! She used to live nearby in Calne in Wiltshire when she was first married, yay!

Hope we can be friends, love and licks Marvin The Scotsman Poet and Dog Blogger. xxxxxx

Bogart said...


I was trying to figure out how many of the things on your list that I can do - well I can do them all, but how many I would do if mom told me to...

Um, it's not as many as you. :)


Boo said...

hey oscar,

i haven't been to a class coz mom said "she can man handle me"! LOL

isn't it too distracting with so many doggies around? i'll go frantic when i see so many play mates, or potential playmates.

wet wet licks


Oscar Airedale said...

Hey Boo,

It is kind of hard work not to be distracted. We get there early so we can all have some play time before we get down to the serious stuff which helps a little. It's still good fun to run off to see one of my friends when I'm supposed to be doing an exercise now & again though!

Oscar x

Sunshade said...

Hey Oscar, I know you just left me a comment, but the sexy burp link didn't work. I fixed it and I really really want you to see it. Promise me you will still like me tho ok after seeing it??

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade

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