Friday, March 4, 2011

I'm a Student

Hi everyone!  It's me, Mitch! 

Guess what?

I'm going to school!

I have not been being the bestest boy on a leash on my daily walkies.   Mom and dad think I have some fear aggression issues and they weren't getting any better so they decided that they needed to do something about this before it gets any worse.
So mom called Paws n Effect and got me an appointment to meet a trainer so that she could see exactly what was going on with me. 

I have been wearing a prong collar for a couple of years now and the very first thing that Kathy said was, no more prong collar!   Maggie wore a Gentle Leader for years and this is what I'll be wearing from now on. 
Kathy is making sure that the fit is just right for me. Kathy is very nice. She likes me!
 Kathy gave me lots of yummy treats and I did whatever she asked me to because I wanted more and more treats!  
I've never been to doggie classes before so this was a new experience for me and mom and dad were surprised that I did as well as I did. 
 I followed Kathy wherever she went and I listened to her.   I  like her!  She's my new friend!

 I also got to run free and boy, was it ever fun!  Look at all of this room I have to run and run and run!
I also met 3 new doggie friends and I was pretty good with all of them.  I even got to interact with Mr. Ace and I liked him and I wanted to continue to play with him but Kathy told me not this time. 

Ninety minutes went by so fast and I was pooped at the end of my session.   Mom and dad have lots of great tips and homework to do to make sure that I'll be the bestest boy ever.

And guess what else?

I'm enrolled in classes that will start in about a month.  I'm going to be going to school with other doggies and learning basic obedience and I'm psyched!  
I want to be the smartest boy in my class and mom says that with lots of work, I will be!
Today was so much fun!

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

Yer friend,


  1. Sounds like you did pretty good during your appointment. Melissa used to train me with a Gentle Leader when I was a 4 months old pup. I didn't like it much but I no longer pulled anymore until Melissa switched back to normal soft collars & choke chains. I bet you can't wait for the new class to start! Just remember, when it comes to training, always have fun & don't give your hoomie any headaches.

  2. School is cool! I still go sometimes, so I'm sure you will have lots of fun and learn to do alsorts of new things, and make lots of new friends.

  3. Gold Star for you! But I suppose a treat is better.

    Keep up with the homework and before you know it, you'll be at the actual barn raisings!

    SHE finds we're better behaved off the leashes....not so long as there are no cats.

    Well done, Mitch

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  4. Sounds like you did great in class. Good job!! I am sure you will be the smartest dog in class!!


  5. That's so cool, Mitch! I'll bet you taught everyone lots of great stuff at school! AND I'll bet you're alREADY the bestest boy ever! Ha rooooo!
    Good luck, and keep us posted on everything!
    Play bows,

  6. Ciara is still wearing her Gentle Leader as she still pulls a lot for the first 10 minutes of our walktime. The Momster says maybe she needs to get her act in gear and take her to school too. We boys worry she might get expelled:)

    Happy weekend.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  7. It's obvious dat I has nevers been to school but I thinks dis is so neat! I haves no doubt dat yo'' exceed and be at da top of da class!


  8. Well done Mitch ! It sounds like you are going to be a star pupil. Gentle leaders are the best - that is what we use too. You are going to have so much fun in class.

  9. We are certain that you'll be at the top of your class in no time! I kinda pull (and sometimes jump a wee bit), and Mom got me this harness thingy that stopped me pulling (according to my school teacher, I'm a bit of a spaz, and the jumping will only be cured by 'socialization'....). Good luck, and have fun!

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  10. Good for you, Mitch! I love school and wish my mom would take me more often. School=treats.
    Your friend,

  11. Mitch...we know you will be the star of the class.


  12. That sounds great Mitch! We are glad that you don't have to wear the prong collar anymore and that you like your new teacher. Classes are terrific fun and you will learn so much. And of course there is the added benefit of lots of delicious treats.

    Your friends,
    Niamh & Ambrose

  13. Sounds like a great place! I hope you learn a lot at your new school, and have some fun too

    lots of love

  14. It sounds like you did great! It looks like fun too. I guess this spring I'm going to re-fresher school. Apparantly I forgot most of what I learned the first time!

    Nubbin wiggles,

  15. Yay for no more prong collar! So cool that your parents are taking you to class, make sure you give them lots of kisses! I'm sure you'll be a stellar student!!

  16. That's great Mitch...maybe there is still hope for me! My sister is a lost cause...BOL!


  17. Go Mitch! We go to school at least twice a week and we love it. There are always lots of treats for good dogs. Gracie still wears a prong collar sometimes, because even though she KNOWS how to walk politely - she sometimes gets too excited to remember. Love that big space you have to train in.
    Ruby and Gracie

  18. Hi, Mitch!
    Glad to know everything went well there with Kathy! I know you will do it great!
    Kisses and hugs

  19. Yay, Mitch! Oh, you're gonna have SO much fun in class! I just LUVS going to school. And there's just no question in my mind that you're gonna be the smartest one there. I mean, I bet none of those other doggies write their own bloggies, do they?

    Wiggles & Wags,

  20. Wow, what a great teacher you have! We want to go to school too!

  21. Well done Mitchy boy. You did good buddy. We are sending lots of good dale vibes that the training goes very well.

    Noah Willow Tess Lucy

  22. Mitch
    I am so proud of you for going to school.
    I really do think I need to have an expert come see why I have so many anxities. Maybe they could figure it our for me.
    I know you will be at the top of your class soon.
    Go Mitch!

  23. Hi Mitch, school will be fine. I understand the fear aggression issue, my brother Owen has that and so does my other brother. Owen goes ballistic if he sees another dog on the street if it's nearby. My mom and dad have been working with Owen but he's been like this for a while. But we're all hopeful.

  24. Mitch, that is so pawesome. Sierra and I both wore prong collars when we were puppies. You are going to do great in your class. We just know it!:)

    Teddy Bear

  25. That's great. Treats - the perfect learning aid.

  26. School is cool, Mitch! I loved my OB class and I enjoyed every moment of it because I got to have lots of treats. My mom was really generous during the lessons and I behaved very well so I got all the treats in her bag. Remember, what you've to do is simple, you just have to listen to your teacher and your mom and do what they tell you to do. You will enjoy it as it's full of fun and you will have so many friends too.
    Have fun!!! I'm sure you will be the star pupil there as you're the smartest boy in the class!

  27. Not sure what a prong collar is, I have an idea but I think they are illegal in the UK. I use a gentle leader on Wilbur & he still battles with it but Pickles is on a collar.

    Glad you enjoyed school x

  28. Mitchy boy, we know you will be the bestest student ever! Our mom would like to send me (Patches) to school so I could learn to sit nicely when Mom wants to do something to me. She says it's like trying to do something to a pirahna!...not to mention a wiggle worm!

    We hope you have lots of fun in your new school class!

    Penny & Patches

  29. Sounds like you are the good student afterall Mitch! Prove to Mag that you are GOOD!!!! Do Gentle Leader really help for dogs who love to pull?

    We are back & we really miss you guys!!!! xxx

  30. Hi Mitch,
    You will have so much fun in school.
    I use to do obedience with Bruce. He won his class both times we took it!! We did our homework everyday!!
    It is fun to make friends with other dogs too!!
    Thanks so much for your visit and we are so thrilled to have had our 13 Anniversary!!
    xx, Bambi & Fern

  31. We are sure you will be a wonderful student Mitch!! Shool will be fun! Lots of love, Holly and mom

  32. Bravo Mitch! Well done! Did you get new school supplies? Like a SpongeBob backpack?

  33. Mitch, we are sooooo proud of you! You certainly looked like you were very obedient. And you've given Parental Unit some ideas, because I'm also in need of obedience classes:-)

  34. Oh boy Mitch, we can trade school stories! Glad you like your nice trainer. How'd it feel wearing that thing on your face? Sure happy you like school, I know you'll be a star!!

  35. We will cheer you on at your graduation!


  36. Mitchie!
    Wow you are in college? I took a break from classes but I thought it was funballs too. Woo have a huge space to do zoomies with classmates. I bet woo will be teacher's bet. Sounds like Miss Kathie likes woo

  37. Well, Mitch, I will tell you that school totally rocks. You get lots of noms and nobody bugs you or gets in your face. I, Mango, however do struggle with translating good dog school behavior into the real world where dogs and people pop out of nowhere and look like they are threatening me. Especially those kids with back packs. Grrr, grr, grr. Good luck and keep us posted.


  38. Gold star for you.....well done!!!
    We can't wait to see how you get on.

    And what a lovely space to work in!

    Bitey facies

  39. Such a great skhholar woo are and will be!

    PeeEssWoo: I bet woo show up The RH!

  40. w00fs, wow Mitch its so cool u gits to go to hasnt ever been..mama says me sure needs it.,.

    b safe,

  41. Good luck with your classes, we're sure you'll be the best !
    Love from Bella and Ollie.

  42. How exciting Mitch! We are certain you will ace the classes and at the same time have a smashing great time too!

  43. hi mitch!
    oh you are the best student ~ ever!
    look how cute you look in class!
    we cannot wait to see all the things you learn!
    how fun!

  44. Your new school looks like tons of fun!


  45. You're the bestest boy everywhere I'm sure Mitch!! Overcome that you're having and your folks will be so proud of you!! It'll be good to see you in action!

    Have fun! Keep us informed of your progress.

  46. Wow Mitch, that's great! Norma Jean starts school next week. She wishes you were in her class. We think you'll be a star student.
    Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

  47. Mitch,
    That's so awesome and sounds like fun! You'll be top student for sure!

  48. Hi, Mitch -

    We are so sure that you will be an excellent student in your class. Sorry we are behind in blogging!

    Love -

    Hershey and Kaci