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.


Maverick the Pirate said...

Harrrrr Madison
Congrats on the Obedince certificate Harrrr.
Cap'n Maverick the Pirate
P.S. The Pirate Capital of the world sounds like my kind of place Harrrr.

Anonymous said...

Hi Madison! Congrats on graduating from puppy school! (And whatever the teacher meant, we love your diva-ness.) I just posted a post about taking pictures of black dogs - if you get a chance, c'mon over and give me some pointers. Thanks!

See ya!

Niamh said...

Congratulations Madison! I am sure that you were the star of the class.

Your friend,

Painter Pack said...

Haroooooooo to woo Madison! Nice bloggie! Congrats on the graduating stuffs!

Mya Boo Boo

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Yaaay Madison, congratulations and very well done girlie!
Hope you get lots of lovely treats for Valentines Day :D
Slobbers xx

Sherry said...

We hope you were rewarded appropriately for your achievement.
Food is the reward that really counts.

Stanley said...


Frankly, I think that class was lucky to have you. It's not every day that a diva-in-training deigns to grace the presence of a beginning obedience class. I have no doubt that you more than surpassed the expectations of the trainer. What's next? Are you going to learn to do freestyle dancing with your H-mom? hehehe

I am sending you congratulatory goober smooches for enduring the class!

Goober love,

Maggie and Mitch said...

Congratulations, Madison! You are one smart girlie!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

musings on a giant schnauzer in a little MEDIUM LARGE package