Ben had his first class today. Of course, dog training classes are as much about training the owner(s) as they are about training the dog. Sit, stay, come, sphinx, shake, and all that are no problem. Loose leash walking is a problem, and we learned some good techniques for making that happen.
The trainer indicated that she thought he was much better than expected for a newbie. Plus, the things that set him off are the same things that set off any other dog: deer, squirrels, and geese. I think we’ve learned how to handle that. Other than our stance while stopping during his walks, we had it right.
She thought he might have some Shar-Pei in him. The vet thought so, too. He does have the Shar-Pei tail, ears, coat, and a few black spots on his tongue. He doesn’t have the wrinkles.
I’m proud of Ben. He performed admirably in a completely new setting.