The weather was perfect, the trainers were ready, and the dogs, miraculously, were paying attention.
Or, to put it another way, the dogs were perfect, the trainers were paying attention, and the weather was ready. However way you put it, Saturday, May 17th, four stellar graduates from Reigning Cats & Dogs’ spring obedience class put on an outstanding demonstration of dog training. All four dogs finished within 2 points of each other, meaning any one of them could have won the class. Margaret Brown and “Roux,” Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix, Billie Garza and Miniature Poodle “Annie,” Ann Haughness and Pembroke Corgi “Molly,” and Matt Welch and Pembroke Corgi, “Dodie,” demonstrated what patience and consistency could do, as their dogs walked by their sides without pulling, sat still for petting, came when called, and stayed without moving 20 feet from their owners, in both the sitting and laying down positions. (FYI, Matt won the class).
Trainer Lenore Newsom and Scribe Tommy Newsom congratulated all four pairs of owners/dogs on lessons well-learned! Punch and cookies were enjoyed by all, and the dogs received rawhide bones for prizes. Additionally, Lenore was pleasantly surprised by a coconut cake made by Margaret Brown, who thoughtfully presented it AFTER the judging, so no one could accuse the judge of bias!
If you’re thinking, “my dog could NEVER do that!” call Lenore at 325-347-1700 and find out about summer classes, which begin on Saturday, June 7th. Classes are 8 1-hour sessions (Saturdays, 8:30-9:30 AM), with free make-up lessons, and cost $99.00 (plus equipment). Or stop by Reigning Cats & Dogs, 120 Moody Street, for a free behavioral consultation and/or more info about classes. Classes are a lot of fun for both you and your dog, and you’ll find out that both you and your dog are smarter than you think!