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Well, actually, it was just me.  Cooper starts next week.  We just had our initial overview session last night.  Really excited about the class, though.  Sounds like a good mix of dogs.  Besides Cooper, there's a yellow lab, American Bulldog, Australian Sheepdog, and a Carolina dog (a dog that runs wild in this area, aka Dixie Dingo). Can't wait to meet them all next week.
 

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That's really exciting...I can't wait for agility with Harley!!!
 

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That sounds like a good class, I wish we had had a people class first too; the first class Kiah took we hardly did anything with the dogs.

Kiah starts her Agility Focus class next Wednesday and Keegan had his 2nd novice rally class on Tuesday.
 

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It's really a cool setup for the class.  It's a "stages" class.  Once your dog has mastered the first stage class, he can move up to the next level.  4 levels total.  Instead of being stuck in a class where other dogs are lagging behind or your dog is a little slower to learn.
 

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Sounds like a good program. I like the stages idea, we could have used that when Donner was in school.  There was one cute little chocolate lab that would NOT stop barking  8O Owners weren't willing to do as the instructor asked and take him out of the room so we all just kinda worked around him.
Don't forget the camera, looking forward to seeing Cooper go to the head of the class!!!!!
 

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Last night was officially Cooper's first night with training.  There was a yellow lab that just would not shut up!  Luckily there was a trainer aid there that tried to keep her occupied.  Every once in a while Cooper just couldn't stand it anymore and gave out a little "woof" because he was just so riled up.  We ended up moving away from that dog just so we could all concentrate a little bit.  I think the owner bugged my wife more than the dog.  Anyway, Cooper actually did really well.  We do need to work on some basics like getting his attention every time we call his name.  He's gotten away with ignoring us for so long that he thinks that's OK.  Everything else, he aced last night.  He actually has been doing better with Recall in the back yard (his biggest problem)
 

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Yay Cooper you clever boy.

Damn he is so cute, go there and show those other poochies what a real dog can do :lol:  :lol:  :lol:
 

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Yay Cooper, I just knew you'd be a star :clap: Recall is tough, it's a work in progress here too. Sorry about the lab, in our class it was more the owner than the pup so I can totally relate to your wife's frustration!! The trainer asked the owner, "every time he barks please make him leave the room for just a couple seconds, sit outside quietly then come back in so he learns that barking is NOT going to get him what he wants." The owner got all teary eyed "No, that will hurt his feelings, I'll give him treats to keep him quiet, he won't bother anyone" Ding-a-ling, she rewarded him for his bad behavior over and over. Bev, the trainer tried to speak with her about it and she refused to see reason. Grrrrrrr I've often thought that poor  pup will be one to end up in rescue someday when the owner can't understand why he misbehaves, hope he's ok he really was a cutie!
Keep up the good work Cooper :lol:
 

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DonnersMom\";p=\"127631 said:
Bev, the trainer tried to speak with her about it and she refused to see reason. Grrrrrrr
Why on earth would someone go to a training class and not heed the advice of the trainer?  8O  She does sound like a ding-a-ling!

Way to go Cooper! I just know he will graduate with honors!  :D
 

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WTG Cooper, you did good.
 

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Good going Cooper for ignoring that silly dog, or trying to anyways.... :) Yea, recall is a tough one, I admit I don't even work it as much as I should, but it's a valuable command to get mastered....We need some new pics of that boy, now that he is over his treatments
 

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yea recall is hard. Maverick is ok at it but i dont practice it as much as i should. Congrats Cooper on all your hard work! im sure you will be an A student.
 
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