Grover's first day in Intermediate class was tonight and....well....it did not go well. There were only 2 other dogs in the class and they have all been in several classes and are much older than Grover (Grove is 8 months). So, of course, I wasn't comparing him to them. But, even still, it was a rough class. He did wonderful in Beginner Obediance class. He was a star. But we've had a couple of months off and he just acted like a stink pot tonight.
First of all, we practiced sit-stay's and he WOULD NOT stay. We've done these before. We practice them at home. No go in class. He did okay with the "go get it" commands. But any form of stay was just not something he was willing to do. I was getting super discouraged and feeling like maybe he just isn't ready for intermediate yet. But maybe it was just the first class. The teacher is the same we had last time, so she's seen him do really well. I think she could tell I was getting really discouraged because she did reassure me that he is young and it was his first class, so I should just keep practicing at home and coming and he'd come around. Anyone else have this experience? Surely it's just that we've had such a long break, right?
Is 8 months too young to be working on intermediate work? I'm doing this because I want it to be fun for Grover, tonight he DID NOT have fun. He LOVED his last class. But he just seemed to be bored and onery tonight. Poor honey, I feel bad for him because I know he wants to please me, he just wasn't on board tonight.