Obedience Class

Here is Hazel with the Petco trainer, Amanda.  We are the only student in class so we got her undivided attention.  

Hazel knew “sit” but we worked on it as well as “come”, “down”, “stand” and “wait”.  We do not do “down” well at all and I’m not sure I can convince her.  Oh my but she is sassy!  And wants to be in complete control of everything!  Amanda had so many hints for me dealing with her stubbornness and bossiness!  I have much to accomplish but I am determined to do it because she could be uncontrollable if left to her own devices.  Ha!  Those of you who have had terriers know what I mean.

Here she is laying in the sun on a piece of plywood.  We have carpenters here siding Rick’s shop building.

Connie’s Wildflower quilt is finished so we’ll be taking those pictures as soon as the weather cooperates.  I could barely make a lap size and she made hers queen size!

Stay tuned.

15 thoughts on “Obedience Class

  1. Brenda archambault

    Well, at least she didn’t nab you in the butt this time! What a sassy lassy.

  2. Sue

    She looks pretty tired laying on the plywood. She must have had a workout and you too. So good that you are doing this. Obedient dogs are safer dogs, don’t you think? She looks so cute with the trainer.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sue – she needs this class for sure just so she’s a social personality and not a piranha in public – ha!

  3. Dee T.

    I am so glad to hear from you due to the weather. I said my prayers. Also, I had withdrawal not hearing about Hazel. Hazel will do great. She needs to know she is not the boss anymore. You have your work cut out for you working with Hazel in addition to all you do. Down takes a bit of time and will come. Praise goes a long way. Cheerios makes a good treat if your trainer allows treats. Occasionally. I will say a prayer again for Hazel again.

  4. Cynthia

    Her “sassiness” reminds me of my late Min Pin. He was incorrigible, but my goodness how I loved him. He went over the rainbow bridge this past November at 17 yrs old.

  5. Linda L

    I feel your pain! We adopted a terrier mix about 6 months ago and we’re still a work in progress. Just like Hazel, our Vinny is an angel sometimes and the devil at other times,

  6. Carolyn W.

    Yoda, my Chihuahua who is at waiting at Rainbow Bridge, had an attitude alot like Miss Hazel. I called it his “take a number and wait attitude” In my best Mom tone of voice which he disliked I often said, “Yoda, remember, “Mom has thumbs, therefore Mom gets to set the rules.” He would go to his recliner and pout under his blanket. Just like a child.

  7. Barbie

    Connie, we all knew that Hazel would be at the top of her class! Good luck with the training. My vet always asks, “are you trained, yet?” Hazel is smart and confidant, the best kind of student. Enjoy.

  8. Kathy

    Pets are like children – everyone is different and has different stages growing up at their pace. I was in my 30’s when we had our terrier as a puppy and we were raising children too so I guess I didn’t worry too much then about things like I do now in my 60’s and my dogs behavior. Now I worry way too much. It seems like such a short time in their lives when they are spunky and rush into the house from going out to poddy to begin to jump around so all I do is stress my words of ” down” and know their little legs won’t do that in a couple years. I think they mellow out too fast and I just want them to be safe and happy but it’s just me . I was strict raising my children and they all turned out great so guess I did something right when I was younger versus now! Ha!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy – I knew I’d have to work hard to keep up with a terrier puppy but I decided I’d rather have the puppy than join a gym in my old age – ha! I’m enjoying this wild puppy stage very much really!

      1. Kathy

        Good way to look at it! My kids like to say if I didn’t have these dogs I would never have stepped out the door in the winter except to grocery shop. They do give you a purpose to move and sometimes move faster than we want to!

  9. Diane

    She is so adorable. I’d love to put captions on her pictures like “Ok I’ll sit here, but just wait until I’m down.” She’s so smart; she’ll be the star of the classs:)

  10. Ann Barlament

    A well trained dog always seems happier. I know training greatly improved my GSD when she was a pup. After training, walking became so much more pleasant!!

  11. Felicia Hamlin

    She is a cutie for sure and you are a great mom! My Zena is over five and I always marvel at her energy. Have a nice week end.

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