Hunter and Layla graduated from Puppy Kindergarten last night!!! =) They had to pass a final, involving everything we've learned over the last 8 weeks of classes, and they both did really well! "Leave it" was the only thing that gave them a little trouble. But admittedly, seeing a treat and not eating it is asking a lot! I have been working with them on leave it while we're walking especially, and they've been getting a lot better. So we'll just keep working! The trainer also commented that Layla walks on a leash particularly nicely. And Hunter only pulled once. I'm just so proud of my pups! And I would definitely recommend a class like this if anyone is considering it. I've never had dogs before these guys, just cats, and the class was as much for me as it was for them. It taught me how to teach them. I know without a doubt they would not be doing so well with all their commands if we hadn't taken the class, even if I had worked with them anyway. Over the 8 week course we learned sit, down, stay in both sit and down, drop it, leave it, take it, loose leash walking, heel, how to greet people nicely, and some fun tricks too - an Army crawl, where they lay down and then crawl along the floor (so cute!!!), shake, and roll over. No way could I have taught them all that in 8 weeks by myself!!!!
Last night we had a little graduation ceremony after their final. They got their diplomas and we took pictures of them in a little graduation cap, which was not particularly thrilling to any of them, especially Hunter! Got some cute ones though. I'll post them when I get to Tampa and have MY computer set up (I'm using my roommate's right now).

So today we are leaving Atlanta. We're going to stay at my parents' house 2 hours south of here tonight, and then we move to Tampa officially tomorrow! The pups have always done well on the drive but this time I'll have my cat in the car too...I'm going to put our baby gate between the front and back seats with Jagger up front with me (he just sits on my lap) and the puppies in the back. Should be okay.

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Comment by Cindi on July 5, 2008 at 11:29am
Congratulations on your graduation! I love doing grad classes. They're so much fun! Safe travels.
Comment by Lisa P from WV on July 5, 2008 at 12:27am
Contrats on your graduation for your pups...how old are they? Daisy is 9 months...we have done sit, stay, drop it leave it...but only when she wants to...we also have a mix who picked up on tricks real quick...like the crawling on the belly, we tell him GI Joe GI Joe and he does it....and another is Disco dog where he hops around on his two back legs...Daisy just doesn't want to lean these things...she is all about pet me and see me...I'm sooo cute...that's why I wondered how old your pups were! She is a mystery to me for sure!
Comment by Wynne Phillips on July 4, 2008 at 9:39pm
Congratulations on the graduation! Your puppies are beautiful!
Comment by Sam Tsang on July 4, 2008 at 11:56am
Congrats on the graduation! Welcome to Florida and get your hurricane preparation started when you're settle :)

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