Zeus' first day at puppy class

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I enjoyed it and felt I got alot out of it really. We were there along with probably about 10 other puppies and I believe Zeus was the oldest one there with he being a little over 3mos. Maybe I'm biased but it seemed to me that Zeus was the most mannerly there. There was this little german shepard that was next to us who looked like he was aggressively trying to bite at Zeus. Zeus just looked at him like..."Really"? We were learning with the clicker and treats. The trainer taught "watch me", "sit", and "down". We've already been doing all but the "watch me". It's funny though, everyone was talking amongst themselves but no one was speaking to us, well besides the trainer :) We were friendly enough by saying hellos and such but I wonder if it was because we were dobermans. This one couple that was on the other side of us had a little fuzzy puppy. Zeus went over to say hello and the couple pulled their pup back as if they thought Zeus was going to attack him. I told them that he wasn't aggressive and that he's very vocal (in which he was to that little puppy) and just wanted to say hello. Zeus was wagging his tail and such also :) Anyway, I enjoyed it and I'm glad he got to experience the distractions.

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Is this a Petsmart class you're in?  Sounds exactly like the Petsmart Puppy Class I took DJ to when she was 4 months old.  Yes, make no mistake---the other puppy owners are afraid of your big bad puppy.  LOL  Same thing happened to me.  DJ had her ears posted while we were taking those classes, and I thought maybe the other humans were avoiding her because they were afraid their puppy would hurt her 'injured' ears.  Nope.  By the end of the 2nd class, one or two brave owners actually allowed their puppy to play with DJ and then the rest of the class sort of saw that they were being overly cautious.  Actually, the mean pup was a little Boston Terrier puppy that wanted to run across the training area and hump the other puppies all the time!  You'll most likely experience a LOT of pride with Zeus during these classes. as he will be the one that picks up the new commands before the others, and will be used by the instructor as the 'demonstrator' pup to show the others "this is what your pup is supposed to do"---happened every time I ever took a doberman puppy to classes.  By the end of the 6 weeks (or however long your classes are) Zeus will be much admired and respected for the beautiful and intelligent dog that he is.  It just takes some people a while to un-do their mental stereotypes of dobermans.

I had DJ in our farm store yesterday shopping with me, and a grown man stopped at the end of the aisle we were in and said "Can I ask you something?  Is your dog MEAN?"  I replied, "oh, gosh NO, she's a big baby" and I let her walk towards him.  He stiffened up at first, then reached down a hand slowly to touch her.  He said "I saw that movie 'the Doberman Gang' when I was a kid, and ever since then, I have been deathly afraid of them.  Never met one face to face, though.  She is really nice, isnt she" and he began petting her across her neck, and she was closing her eyes, smiling, and loving it.

So work really hard with Zeus this week and show those people that he is super dog at class next week.  The problem most owners have in those classes is that they dont work with their dogs during the time between classes.  You'll be able to spot the ones that only work with their pup during that one hour of class, and that's it. 

Show 'em Zeus!  Oh, and have fun during classes---that's part of learning, too.

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Yes it is a Petsmart class :) LOL :) I am so proud of Zeus and was proud of him yesterday. Instead of trying to take off and be rambunctious, he would sit right at my feet and never entertained the idea of being like the other pups! Everyday he brings me joy :) After the 6 weeks in class, I may look around for a private trainer as well. I wouldn't mind in the future to maybe see what else he can do as far as his wits. It's a new hobby for me I guess you could call it. I'm looking forward to the summer. Today it is really supposed to rain so it's gonna be hard to get outside and just let him run. I'm afraid he will slip and break his leg or something. I thought I was protective with my kids when they were younger....I'm really protective of my "new kiddo" though!

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Training is always a good investment, whether its with a group or a private class.  I've taken DJ to several classes...the Petsmart Puppy class, as I mentioned, then about a month after she finished that, we went to a different trainer for a 'Level 2" obedience class where she (and I) learned even more things.  After that, we went to another place for "Intermediate Obedience" and that was lots of fun...it also was a group class.  Our last endeavor was beginning agility, and it was interesting and fun.  Deej gained a LOT of confidence in that class.  We're taking a small break during these winter months, but this spring I plan on taking her to other classes, just because I want to keep her mind busy during her first 2 years.  Might retake one of the obedience classes, not sure yet.  Because she's so young, she KNOWS these commands, but doesnt apply them to every situation yet.  Her recall really sucks still, so I cant turn her loose off leash unless she is in a totally enclosed area, like my own yard or a secure dog park.  We'll get there, but she still gets distracted by almost anything.

I know that you and Zeus will make a great team, if you're already seeing the benefits of training.  So many things to choose from, if you can find classes close to you that offer diversity.  There's nose work, search and rescue, therapy dog classes, agility, more and more obedience classes---all sorts of things.  The more your dog knows, the better mannered he will be and by the time he is an adult, he will be the best thing you could ever imagine happening to you.  LOL

Good luck in the rest of your classes.....I really hope you'll continue to fill us in on what happens each week.  Oh...and dont be surprised or discouraged if by the 3rd week he sort of acts like he doesnt remember ANYTHING.  It happens.  It passes.

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Well I can definitely tell he's got a great nose on him. I have played the "find it" game with him and he does pretty good with that. Only thing is he keeps chasing the cups and demolishing them once he finds the treat. So he's always looking for something and he knows the game! We have a pretty good size yard with some wooded acerage, so we have rabbits and a few deer every once in awhile. He gets out in the yard and it's as though he tracks the rabbit's scent...then he'll find little piles of rabbit trix in the yard. LOL :) I will keep ya up to date on the classes though...I know he's smarter than just obedience class!

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I cant say enough for the training classes. As Paul has said, Dobermans excel in these classes. I finished a 10 week course right before Christmas and Im about to pick up level 2 classes next week. Im excited because I know the sky's the limit as far as Axel is concerned. Paul is also right when in comes to your puppy being singled out by the trainer to demonstrate the lesson. It happens to Axel all the time even when the lesson is first introduced and he hasnt even atttemted it yet. He likes to show off. Anyway keep us posted and enjoy the classes.


Tess