|Our first obedience class|
Obedience Day! GDA is really insistent on making sure the guide dog puppies and their puppy raisers attend obedience training. Both inside the GDA campus and by signing up for an outside class as well. A few Saturday's ago, Chris and I drove out to Sylmar to attend Dylan's first obedience class. They run the classes by the dogs age. Our age group were the 5 to 8 month old puppies and their raisers. Now you need to understand that many people have raised multiple puppies for GDA over the years. This was our first! I also understand why they keep coming back to raise more puppies. There were about 20 dogs, all 5 to 8 months old with their family of people on a grassy slope under the pine trees. You would think this an ideal setting for an obedience class. Think again.
|Facing the wrong direction, this black lab was a button pusher.|
|A merry line of pups.|
|"That's what you need to do"|
Chris and I did discover one important fact at obedience training day, every puppy raiser there expressed the same doubts, fears and insecurities in doing a good job in raising their dog. Every staff member there told us what a great job we were doing. I guess that's why they keep coming back. That and it is a great program.