Thursday, April 14, 2011

MY Obedience Class

Hi everyone.  It's me, Mitch!
Guess where mom and dad were yesterday morning? 
At MY obedience class without ME!  Can you even believe it?  Mom and dad already know how to sit and do a down stay. 
I'm the one who needs the training so why wasn't I invited to go?


Mom explained to me that the first session was only for the hoomans because they had lots of paperwork to fill out and it was a whole lot of information to take in. 
They came back with homework!

And we've been doing our homework!
Mom has been training me to focus on her and to have eye contact with her.  She puts me in a sit and grabs a treat.  She extends her right arm out to the side with the treat in her hand.  Naturally, I focus on the treat just willing it to come to my drooling black lips.    But it never does because the object of this game is for me to have eye contact with mom and once I do, I get a "yessssssssssss" and the treat is mine all mine!  We do this trick 10 times in one session and I'm getting better about not taking so long before I focus on mom's eyes!
Mom says we have to do homework every single day until my class, which starts for me on the 27th of this month.  I want to ace this class!

So until next time............

Yer friend,
Mitch

43 comments:

Channon said...

Hmmm... Sue and Norma Jean had the same schedule. I'm wondering if the training place I use - and have a gift certificate for - does the same thing now?

Kari in WeHo said...

homework means lots of treats!

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

Homework = treats.
School = good.

XOXO
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh, Ruairi and The Sweet Babes

Reilly / Bree said...

You are going to be the star pupil Mitch - with out a doubt! And think of all those yummy treats you will get for being a good boy

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Mitch, we know you will ace the class with no problems!! Homework is fun because you always get treats!! Lots of love, Holly and mom

Sue said...

Our last class is the day before yours starts. That's our graduation, wonder if I'll graduate? Mom had to go to the first class without me, too. Why did I have homework when I didn't even go to the class? I'm starting to think Mom's really the one who needs training. I hope you enjoy your class and have good classmates like I have.
Norma Jean

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Love that name, Paws n' Effect - and how lucky you get to go to school. That means you will get special time alone with Mom and Dad and lots of yummier treats than ever. Mom says that is a good way to learn eye contact. She learned it by holding the treat near her eye, but she thinks this way is much better.

Please do keep us updated on how things go for you.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Remington said...

School is so much fun! Did you et a new backpack with school supplies? I don't go to school right now....Beth said I am being home schooled....can't wait to go again! Practice Practice Practice!

3 doxies said...

Oh Mitch, dis is so exciting! I can't wait to see what in all you learn...maybe I can some stuffs from you...hehehe.

There is gonna be a new training place opening up here and it's called" Sit Happens"...hehehehe!

Puddles

mayziegal said...

Good job, Mitch! You're gonna be the STAR of the class, I just know it. Cuz you're super smart and all. And you're going to have the very best time. I just LUVS going to school!

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Oooh! We love those classes where they train our humans to feed us turkey hotdogs! Mom actually uses that 'focus' thingy when she wants to get pictures of us looking at the camera... I'm sure you'll do great in class - just keep practicing with your Mom so she doesn't screw up (you wouldn't believe how long it took for Mom to learn how to feed us turkey hotdogs in various situations.... I think she's a slow learner!)! Have fun!

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

George the Lad said...

Looks to me like you've nailed it, keep up the good work you know it will end in a treat ;)
See Yea George xxx

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Yo Mitch...I feel for ya, Man...my classes started a couple of weeks ago...and I've been wearing that Gentle Leader. Bruvver sez I look like a mule. But, Mumsie sez she shoulda done it a looooonnnnnggggg time ago...cuz in just two weeks, I've been 90% less um well "vocal" at the park and don't jump on hoomans and she said we can go on more walkies now as she's not afraid I'll drag her into the street. (Well, I once did drag her across a yard...)

So hang in there and work for those treats, Mitch...some of the hoomans use hot dogs...I'm workin' on her to buy some...

Pawslaps,

Stan the Man

scotsmad said...

I don't think we could ever do that....treats are just too tempting.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

BJ Roan said...

Homework can be fun with treats! Good luck!

Tracy said...

Isn't obedience class hard? I think they just passed me to get me out!

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TwoSpecialWires said...

Uh oh. We think you just gave Moma some ideas.

Paws crossed there will be treats involved,
Jake and Fergi

Niamh said...

We do those exercises too Mitch! You can get vast quantities of treats so keep practicing!

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

Oskar said...

What a pawsome shot of you. I'm glad you're getting lots of treats and school sounds fun.

I may get to go in the fall!

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I SOOOO know woo will ace it -

And then some!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Benny and Lily said...

Mitch,
they obviously need it more than you
Benny & Lily

Asta said...

Dawling Mitsh
I know you will make youw pawents vewy pwoud youw eyes awe pawfectly focused aweady , I can tell.
I hope you have fun doing youw homewowk
smoochie kisses
ASTA

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I think my moms and me should start some training for me,.... it sounds like fun to me.
I did go to class once upon a time,, its time for more.
Be sure to let us know all the things you learn
love
tweedles

Wyatt said...

Mitch,
You are so going to ace that class.
You know we are smart when we want to be...heehee. We just need inspiration. It has to be FUN and treats are good too, But mostly it has to be FUN!

Wyatt

Thor and Jack said...

Hey Mitch! School sounds like a fun! Good thing there are snacks involved!=))

Thor and Jack

Dewey Dewster said...

Oh Mitch......first let me say that I can see ya got Eastered 'n good....rabbit ears the humiliation since all we can think of here is catchin' one of the many bunnies hoppin' around.

Ya certainly don't need obedience classes....why aren't ya paws-a-tiv-ly perfect already ? That focus on the Mom when there are treats ta be had can be a real killer.....

Dewey Dewster here....

Angus said...

10 times . 10 treats. If it took you 20 times to learn something would you get 20 treats ? Could be benfits in pretending to be a slow learner.

Teddy Bear said...

Great job, Mitch! We just know that you'll do great in your class.:)

Love,
Teddy Bear & Sierra

Stardust said...

Way to go Mitch!! I'msure that you'll ace the class no sweat! School and homework is a lot of fun dontcha think.

Penny and Patches said...

You will do a great job, Mitchy! We know Maggie and your hoomans will be very proud of you! Our mom is wondering if anyone has classes for dogs with ADHD. I (Patches) have a hard time focusing my attention on any one thing for more than a couple of seconds.

Aire-hugs,
Penny & Patches

Fred said...

Well, now I kinda want to go to class!

Sally said...

Hi Mitch,
I hope you enjoy and lots of ice cream. :-)

Nice woooh
Sally

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie said...

Hope you enjoy your classes Mitch and have absolutely loads of treats.

MOlly, Taffy, MOnty and Winnie

Puggle Preston said...

Hey Mitch,

we know you will ace the class!
My mommy said there are a lot of more homework for parents than us in those obedience classes. (maybe that's why we stopped going after my puppy training...my parents do not like homework!)
good luck!

Sophie Brador said...

M&M!!!! I haven't been blogging at all and am almost never on the blogs at all anymore. Mom is so crazy busy with one and a half jobs that she can barely keep track of her own head, so I suffer by missing out on everything. I had no idea your dad was in the hospital and I'm really happy he is home with you guys again.

I am old and feeling pretty slow on my leggies these days, but the rest of me is doing really well, so I am going on a road trip this spring with mom. We are going to Philadelphia and mom is thinking about maybe doing a NY to Boston trip on the way home. We might just pop in to see you if we do, but it's all up in the air.

I miss you guys lots and am still considering maybe playing with Maggie if I come back to visit.

Smoochies to your mom and dad.

xo
SB

Sam said...

Hi Mitch, wow that sounds like what I and all my brothers and sister had to do. It gets better because we've all graduated and now we just do agility.

Sierra Rose said...

Oh yeah! Lookin' good there my friend!!! I have the 'look-into- my-eyes' game with mom or dad at every meal... you'll get to be a pro at it in no time!!! :)

Sweet hugs,
Sierra Rose

Sawyer the Schnauzer said...

Good luck with your obedience class - you'll be great!

I loved taking Sawyer to puppy school so much that I took an extra class, and am considering more! I think I have more fun than she does!

Bocci said...

Mitch, I have no doubt that all three of you will "ace" this class! Thanks for the training tips, too-Parental Unit and I both need them:-)

Persephone and Buster said...

hey hey.. we know that place.. Paws...we do like it there.. do you have ms.Kathy? persephone had her and i played on sunday with her..and ms. gracie was down there just a couple of weeks ago.. mitch, you will like it.. you get lots of treats (they make sure you do). ms. gracie will be down there too but who knows when, she gets to go everywhere.
theBUSTER, MS.Blue, Ms.Persephone & ms. grrrracie the great

Mango said...

Mitch! That is a great way to practice for school. It isn't easy to look at the boring human when there are foodables so close by. Keep practicing.

Slobbers,
Mango

Sapphire said...

classes?! how exciting!

Two Schnauzers from New England said...

Hi, Mitch -

We know that you will "ace" this test as well as the class. Is your dad doing better?

Love -

Hershey and Kaci