OMD. Behave. Don't embarrass me. Stop pulling. Madison! OMD. I mean it!
The teen-human is being enormously patient. Madison is actually quite well-behaved. Things go a bit too slowly for her at times, though, and she gets feisty. Or starts barking. Last night, the second session of six, she actually laid on her "mat" with her head on her paws and barked under her breath. Like she was pissed off and mumbling at the instructor, who turned around, pointed at Madison and said "SHHHHHHHHHHHH."
Madison stopped barking and looked at her from under perfect schnauzer brows.
When the instructor turned her back to walk away, Madison barked again, looking right at her.
The two of them repeated this three times. Until the instructor said, "Madison, you don't have to be a movie star tonight."
After class, H-Mom talked with the instructor for a moment, to apologize for the sassy barking. "Don't worry," said the instructor. "She is just really smart, and she's letting me know it. She's not being bad at all - we've had really really badly behaved dogs here, believe me!"
"Here's what you have to do with Madison," she continued. "Start talking with her. Have a conversation, help her learn how to communicate to you what it is that she needs. Teach her words and teach her actions. When dogs are really smart and they can't tell you what they want, they get frustrated and that is the kind of barking that Madison is doing."
That made the teen-human feel better. Actually kind of proud. Which is way better than just being embarassed that Madison is now the class barker.