Millie’s Obedience School Diaries: Week Three

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HERE WE GO AGAIN
Since I have gotten more used to riding in the car more when it is dark, I was really excited when mum opened the door and jumped straight in. I didn’t used to like it so much, as you know, but we have had quite a few trips in the dark recently and as long as I can sit in the front seat I don’t mind so much. I’ve even discovered I can reach and stand on a little sticky out bit on the door, then I can see out the window and that’s quite nice actually.
So I was quite enjoying the journey, and when we stopped I got quite excited as I always do. Mum let me out and said ‘we’re at school, Millie. Do you remember?‘. Not really mum, one car park looks pretty much the same as any other in the dark you know? Anyway we walked around the car park for a bit and I sniffed some grass, which was fun. Though I could tell a lot of other dogs had been here before me, they weren’t here now so, that was alright. Next we walked past the corner of a building and all of a sudden, I did remember. OH NO! I tried to turn and walk in the other direction, but since mum has been using the lead in the way the lady that talks a lot showed her last week, I had no chance. We were here AGAIN…

School

NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT
School! Just look at it! Does it look like a happy, fun place to you? Despite my protests we went in anyway, we sat down and mum showed me what she had bought as my treat for tonight. CHICKEN! I didn’t want it though, even though I do love it and it smelled really good. So good that the dog next to us, called Alice wanted it and she tried to pinch it. She could have had it, I didn’t mind. I think mum was disappointed but she shouldn’t worry because I would definitely eat it when we left.
Mum tried to stop me from going under the chair a lot this time, so I compromised by sitting under her feet with just my bum under there. The lady that talks a lot, talked a lot to all the mums and dads and then it was time to walk around in a circle again like last time. I didn’t mind this bit and the others don’t shout so much when this happens. We did walking at different speeds, sometimes we went so slow it was hard to stay at mum’s side. Then we turned around in the middle of walking, which was fine as was walking in zigzags. I think mum found that harder than me. We also did this thing where mum would stop and ask me to sit down, to be honest I wasn’t much in the mood for that. I needed to see what the other dogs were doing, so when I did sit down I did it behind mum’s legs, which is apparently where I wasn’t supposed to be. Oh well.

watching millie

YOU DON’T NEED TO BRIBE ME
After more ‘blah blahing’ from the lady that talks a lot; we all had to go to the front of the class in pairs and then our mums and dads would walk backwards away from us, and tell us to come holding a treat out. The other dogs were chasing their treats, but I have already said that I didn’t want mine. When it was our turn, mum didn’t even need treats, or to tell me to ‘come’ because every step she took backwards; I was right there with her. Not letting her out of my sight. I also did this whilst crouching and shuffling on the floor because mum was bending down in front of me. I’m not sure that I needed to do that though, the others weren’t!

DIVA
When we all sat back down again, and I tried to get under the seat, mum picked me up and sat me on the chair next to her. She said she wondered if I might feel more comfortable if I wasn’t down low looking up at all the other dogs and people. I don’t think it really made a bit of difference, but I didn’t complain because at least I was closer to mum and she could stroke me. That’s nice for her, so I sneaked onto her knee to make her even more happy.

Strssed little millie

The next thing to do was teasing us dogs with treats, while rubbing under collars with the other hand. This training is useful for getting us to come back when we have been off the lead doing our own thing. We had to practice this one at home though because of the treats, THAT I DID NOT WANT. Mum sounded worried and asked the lady that talks a lot if I should be starting to feel a bit better about being here now? She explained that at home I am very bossy and I love my food but she could see how stressed I was and how much my heart was pounding. The lady that talks a lot said I was ‘being a diva’ but she thought that I seemed calmer this week and there was still time for that to improve, at least we had the skills to practice at home. I’m not sure I agree, I think if I never had to go back I would be MUCH calmer already. I can tell mum is worried, she says she wants me to enjoy it.

But I think we were both happy to get back to the car at the end of the lesson. I know I was, there was some chicken in mum’s bag with my name on it!

Big Hugs, Millie x

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Millie’s Obedience School Diaries: Week Two

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Yesterday was another stressful day for me, Myfie and Ellie. I think I am starting to see why all the people don’t like Mondays very much. There were male humans all over the house that were not family, I have come to recognise them as ‘workmen’. Anyway, they were there all day long and making lots of noise. I didn’t really mind them being there, they are just new fans, though these sort of people seem to very rarely have time to give me the attention I deserve. This is a waste of my extra special tail wagging, so it’s quite annoying. Ellie really struggles when these people are in the house, she shouts the entire time. She’s my sister so it would be rude not to join in. I don’t think you people realise that although barking is a lot of fun; keeping it up for a long time can be tiring.
Anyway, the absolute best part about them being there, was that they needed to use the gate a lot. So every time we wanted to do our business, we had to go on a little walk! This was great and we made sure to look like we needed the toilet A LOT. That, together with the barking wore us all out quite a bit… and then mum put my lead on again and we went in the car.

TRICKED

I don’t mind the car… when it is light outside. Mum talks to me in the car and I like to listen to the radio, I don’t much like mum singing along though (what a racket!!). When she starts that nonsense I find any bit of her I can rest my head on. I do this so she stops singing and to remind her I am there. Anyway, we weren’t in the car very long, maybe half an hour and we arrived at the big building from last week! I was anxious to get out of the car though and have a sniff about. There are so many great smells, I kind of started liking the place. Especially, when I bumped into people and they gave me cuddles and told me how beautiful I am. We walked down the corridors and I was quite happy to be there, mum opened a door and we started to walk in… and then I remembered; the big dogs! they were all there again. Why were we back here?? I tried to run out again, but I had my lead on so mum just walked us right on past them all and sat us down.

NOT EVEN FOR CARROTS

I hid under the chair, this time I got really far back, there was no way I was coming out again. The lady at the front of the room was talking for a long time though and the big dogs weren’t shouting much, so I came out and asked mum if I could sit on her knee, or maybe on the chair next to her. SHE WOULDN’T LET ME! Why not?? what possible reason can she have had for preventing that? I wasn’t happy, but then mum got on the floor and was telling me to ‘sit’ and ‘lie down’ and ‘stand’ again. Nope. Not doing it. Mum even tried to bribe me with carrots, my absolute favourite. Nope. All these big dogs were giving me the heebie jeebies, couldn’t concentrate on carrots at a time like this! They were all back to making so much noise again. I scarpered back under the chair, and then the lady that talks a lot made this hissing noise with a red can to make them all be quiet… and I did a little wee 😦 Nobody was cross with me, and I didn’t mean to do it. It was under the chair where I was hiding, which meant I would have to sit in it! So I definitely didn’t do it on purpose. Mum cleaned it up though and then I got to hide back under there.

WALKING TO HEEL

But not for long, the lady that talks a lot then had mum do ‘health checks’ on us. This bit was OK because mum sat on the floor with me again and she looked into my eyes, ears, mouth and between my paws. Mum does this every day when she grooms me so we were both used to the drill here. Then it was time to walk about in a circle. Yep, with all the other dogs. Mum told me that we were learning to ‘walk to heel’… I’ve no idea what that meant, but she seemed pleased with me. It was no different to regular walking, except there were all the other dogs, which meant I walked directly by mums side for the entire time; rather than wherever I like. I tried a couple of times to walk in between mums legs when the others came close. I don’t think mum was pleased with that bit.

poor millie

The next time we got up and mum pulled me from under the chair it was home time! Mum was putting on her coat so I got very excited and even popped my head out from under the chair a little bit. Mum tried to take a few pictures of me, and this one was the best that she got because I wasn’t in the mood for sitting still for pictures. I look quite happy in it, and I was a little bit because it was finally time to leave. But I was also panting, rather than smiling. The lady that talks a lot, told mum that I  do this because I am stressed. The big dogs are barking because they are stressed, it’s just another way of letting it out.

I wish they would let it out like I do, then none of us would leave with a headache and I might not find them so scary.

Big Woofs, Millie x