Hot Dog Trot Dog

hot dogsMom tried to kill me with hot dogs but it did not work I am fine.  We went to obedience training class the lady said to bring 50-100 pieces of soft treats to reward dogs when they learn new things.  She said you can bring chicken hot dogs, cooked for 4 minutes, drained and diced up.  Or string cheese or store bought treats.  Mom bought cheap red hot dogs and did not cook them.  Dad sliced them and put them in a bag.  Mom and I went to school.

When we got there I made a very impressive entrance I was excited I ran to the building and jumped on the door.   Mom caught up with me opened the door I dragged her down the hall I like new places.  We had to go up stairs, metal stairs with open backs I did not like that at all.  I was scared.  Then I heard DOGS!  I RAN!  I pushed open the gate to a big room there were DOGS!  I jumped on the counter they said “Who is this wild dog?”   Mom said my name is Takoda I am very excited.  I pulled Mom into the room she was holding on to my leash and trying to get me to sit I did not listen I ran I barked my best loud bark I ran.  Everyone was looking at us, probably because I am handsome.   Mom was rolling her eyes and telling me to be still.

puppy classWe found our place the room has four quadrants divided by fence our quadrant was me and another dog his name is Loose.   The other quadrants had 5 or 6 dogs each, Loose and I are special it was just us two.  I got a new collar, first they put a training collar on me it did not work I could not breathe I could still pull Mom.  Then they put a pinch collar on me I did not like that Mom learned to snap the leash to pinch the collar I sat right down every time.  Mom liked that, I drag her a lot.

sit commandWe got treats for everything at school I liked that.  We got 10 treats for learning our names.  We got 10 treats for sit.  The trainer Val picked me to demonstrate sit, probably because I am handsome.   The other lady said I have a “beautiful sit” I like that I am handsome I have a beautiful sit.  Then we did sit/stay 10 times I got 10 more pieces of hot dog.  Then we played a game with the treats I got 10 more pieces of hot dog.  The trainer Val said my pieces of hot dog were kind of big I was sure getting a lot of hot dog I was I liked it.  Val said Mom should have cooked those hot dogs.

After I got trained we were going to go home the trainer Val said she would walk me down the steps she was afraid I would pull Mom down.  I did not want to go down those metal steps they make noise other dogs made noise on them.  Val took me down one set of steps to the landing I sat down.  She let me sit and then I smelled everything there was nothing left to do but go down the next steps.  Val sat on the steps with me and made me wait a while.  Then Mom took me to the car I was a GOOD DOG that night.

Then I got a tummy ache it was bad.  Mom said she could hear my stomach making sounds.  I had to go outside and do my business it was ugly.  My tummy hurt for two days Mom said I had the trots no more hot dogs she said she did not mean to kill me I am alive it is okay but it hurt.  The next time we went to school Mom had string cheese in tiny pieces and training treats from the dog store my tummy did not hurt.  I sat, I stayed, I came when called and I got a lot of treats it was fun.  I was not afraid of the stairs this time I am a BIG BOY.   I got to play with Loose, too.  Mom and I practice our commands a lot she is learning to be in control of me because I am wild.  We go back Tuesday I like it.

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