Cheyenne and I graduated Basic Obedience Dog Training! Tonight was our final class in the eight week course. We never missed a class and we practiced (almost) every day.
I remember the first day, she was so pertrified. (We've established she has issues.) She spent most of the class cowering, trembling, glued to my leg. But as each week went by she gained confidence and actually began to look forward to class. She loved the instructor, Arlene (who was FABulous!). The people who dropped out really missed out. Yup. At the beginning of the course there were ten owners and dogs. Each week the class got smaller. By the last three classes we were down to three, and that's including me and Cheyenne. Congratulations to Stevie and Cracker and their owners for toughing it out! Stevie and Cracker were both large breeds and very hyper. Where as I had scaredy-cat-dog, Cheyenne. We all had behavior issues (the dogs, not the owners)and we all stuck it out. The change in these three dogs after the eight weeks was pretty incredible.
Tonight Cheyenne whizzed through class, performing with her little head held high (Except when the three school buses roared into the lot. But we won't talk about that slight wimp moment.) She heels very nicely. Sits and lays down on verbal command. She comes when I call, and sits squarely in front of me. She sits and stays. Stands and stays. Down and stays. She may be timid, but she very smart, and I'm very proud of her. In addition, most of her destructive behavior (chewing things up when we leave her alone) has stopped.
At the end of class, Cheyenne didn't get a diploma or a cap with a tassle, but she did get a squeaky toy! She was one happy dog! And I'm one proud owner. Thanks you Arlene of Banner Dog Training and YAY, Cheyenne! Doggie biscuits all around!