Obedience class – Mixed ability 1

So Artemis and I have progressed to the next level of obedience class: mixed ability. Different owners, different dogs, and different commands. Time out There was a little break after the last beginner class, so some dogs kind of forgot some things and were acting up a little today. So a dog was put in [...]

Leash pulling and me

So Artemis has been pretty good in the obedience classes I've been taking her to, but when walking around the local area she still pulls on the lead. She loves sniffing and exploring everything and leash pulling, in a way, rewards her: when she pulls on the lead she gets to sniff more as a [...]

Obedience class – Beginner 6

The sixth and final session of the beginner obedience class; I feel we've come a long way actually. Slow heel Today we learnt walking to heel at a slow pace, essentially a funeral march. The trainer informed us this was meant to be for winter when you have to be more careful with where you're [...]

Obedience class – Beginner 5

Our fifth class was mainly housekeeping and repeating what we've been doing previously. Action command The main thing I learnt this session was if: you are saying an action command, to say your dog's name first. Whilst if you want your dog not to do anything, then don't say their name first. For example, come [...]

Obedience class – Beginner 4

Our fourth obedience class was mainly housekeeping and maintenance rather than learning new commands. But these classes have been quite good for socialisation. Socialisation Artemis and another puppy-dog were playing quite sweetly, lying on the ground together. Then Artemis appeared to be baring her teeth and I think she growled very quietly, and then she [...]

Obedience class – Beginner 3

So this was our third obedience class and there were only four of us in this class, so there was more attention provided by the trainer. Walking to heel I noticed when we were practising heelwork and walking around a circle anti clockwise that Artemis was sniffing the grass. Perhaps because whenever we walk her [...]

Obedience class – Beginner 2

Back again for some obedience training and learning lots again. Calling your dog's name The trainer said not to call your dog's name without a command, and that calling your dog's name implies movement or that you want your dog to actively move. This was new to me and a good housekeeping rule. Walking vs [...]

Obedience class – Beginner 1

So we have taken the fur ball to obedience class, because Artemis surprisingly responds to commands - anything for a treat. In this first beginner class we learnt how to hold the lead, walk to heel, and turn about. Holding the lead So it turns out I've been holding the lead wrong! I was aware [...]