(Above: Lexi spending time 'watching TV' AFTER her puppy class)
By Saturday 2nd March, all Lexi's necessary documents had been collated and emailed off to...
MCKAYNINE TRAINING CENTRE in Johannesburg.
All the necessary boxes were ticked:
Vaccination certificate, treats, water bowl, water, lead, collar and, of course, our little Sunbeam...
13-week-old "LEXI" !!!
We arrived at the venue with ample time to spare so that she could acquaint herself with the new environment.
(Above: Lexi meeting the sheep at McKaynine Training centre)
McKaynine Training Centre is located in a farm-like setting with many distractions - sheep, ducks, other dogs, etc, etc. The trainers are well qualified and under the guidance of the highly qualified animal behaviouralist and instructor, Shannon McKay. If you recall, Toby did his own training at this centre, as well as his preparation for THE STAGE PRODUCTION OF THE MUSICAL, "ANNIE" (click HERE if you missed it) so I was more than happy to return to McKaynine Training with our new little Lexi.
We parked our car below the main fields and allowed Lexi her first glimpse of things to come. She climbed out of the car - tentatively - and looked around.
"What's this Maxmom?"
I am fully aware that our Lexi is a soft, sensitive little puppy and needs to be ushered into new environments gently. She's always a little timid at first, but once she's familiarised herself with her environment, then her confidence blooms. Her first day at puppy school was no different.There were approximately 20 pups attending, (a large class with lots of distractions) but more than enough 'crew' to help and supervise the pups and their handlers.
The first class is designed to familiarise both pups and handlers to the setting and the whole idea of puppy 'training and socialisation'. There is a lot of talking and giving of advice in the first lesson, but it gives the pups the opportunity to learn patience and be encouraged to settle down next to their handlers.
Well done, my Sunbeam!!!
At the end of a happy lesson, we were sent home with a complimentary packet of puppy food as well as a DVD for "handler's-homework".
My goal this week is simple - to reward Lexi for offering me calm behaviour in potentially excitable situations - eg, visitors at the front door or when I am busy in the kitchen. Our puppy classes are approximately six weeks in duration and I know that we'll learn a lot of new things during that time. We look forward to our next one this coming Saturday. But for the moment, it's time for a puppy cuddle:
Well done, my little Sunbeam! You've survived your first lesson.
Sending lotsaluv to all our friends around the world...