Friday, February 13, 2009
Working Dog in Training
Yesterday evening, Madison graduated from Puppy School. She was exceptionally well-behaved, and didn't even bark during class or sass the teacher.
She followed instructions and did a bit of creative thinking.
For example, when commanded to "Sit. Stay." she posed a perfect SIT for a minute and then just laid down.
Which meant, "of course, whatever you request. I will just PARK it until you tell me otherwise."
This was received with great praise by the teacher. She said that Madison was demonstrating complete acceptance of direction by the "leader." She said that Madison was thinking: "Fine, if you tell me to STAY, I might as well LAY DOWN because I might just be here for awhile."
(Madison was actually thinking: WHATEVER.)
And then at the end of the class, the teacher, said, "Madison, we have all watched you grow up over the last six weeks."
H-Mom was very proud. But also kind of put-off. I mean, really. Was the teacher IMPLYING that Madison had been especially badly behaved? Or just particularly diva-like in attitude?
Well, six weeks of class was over and, once home, Madison headed for her favorite place and put it in "park." Whatever.