Puppy training...from a puppy’s perspective

My name is Apollo and I am a five-month old Golden Retriever. I just graduated from Puppy Training class and I would like to share with you how it worked.Puppy

My humans drive us to the animal humane society for class. At first, I was a little scared and overwhelmed, but by the fourth class, I was initiating play with the other puppies, and playing with them for a longer time. They call this socializing and it is important to help me grow into a well-adjusted dog.

I learned the commands of come, sit, and lie down. I caught onto come and sit right away, but lie down was a bit more difficult. With lots of practice, praise and treats, I did finally master this skill.

One class, we experienced different textures--everything from bubble wrap to walking through tunnels. We also played a game my owner called “red light, green light” to start practicing leash training.

Learning to “stay” is difficult for me. I have so much energy and I just can’t focus for a long time, but my owner was kind and gentle in introducing the concept to me. My owner also learned some interesting things. For example, she is suppose to handle my feet often to make it a positive experience so I won’t be afraid to have my paws handled or my nails trimmed. My owner also learned about how to keep me well groomed so I have healthy skin and a shiny coat.

Puppy circle was a fun game where the humans sit in a circle and pass the puppies around. Some people wore sunglasses or hats, just to get the puppies use to strange things humans wear. My owner explained that puppy circle helps us get socialized to people so we won’t be afraid of strangers.  

I am looking forward to starting my next class, Level One training. My human says it is important for us to both be trained.

A note from Apollo’s human parent: Both Apollo and I learned a lot about proper socialization and training from this class. Apollo gained so many new skills. I watched Apollo become more socialized and gain so much confidence from his class. I highly recommend training classes for dogs of all ages and their owners.