We went for six weeks to puppy training classes and learned a wealth of information.
We didn't all go every week. Tobias went and the 3 youngest took turns. The older boys came for graduation, all but Isaac who needed some study time.
(17 college hours and working part -time doesn't leave a lot of room for study, but he is still holding his own)
It was fun to watch each of the puppies in class grow and change as the weeks passed.
I love how he is listening to Donna, our trainer, in this photo.
Harper and Buelah were taking their turns showing off their skills. Harper is a beautiful Golden lab, and is full to the brim with spunk, we have so enjoyed being in a class with her family. Beulah is hands down the class favorite. She is a Boxer and very obedient, very sweet and has also got the sweetest family. We all loved our class together so much we agreed last night to take the next level together as well. Who knew when we signed up that PetSmart was not only teaching us how to train Samwise, but also opening a door to our new furry family.
Samwise does really well with sit, lay down, and come. 'Stay' is his weakest area and no wonder with how many kiddos we have bouncing around all the time. 'Come' is his best, even if he doesn't want to he will still 'come' when I give the command. 'Drop it' and 'leave it' he is also really good at.
We let Donna know in advance of the class about Benjamin and made sure it was okay for him to come. She encouraged his participation and we really appreciated that she let him ask his questions which sometimes rambled into a 'stream of consciousness' or it would sound that way - but, there was always a point and she gave him space to find it. Love that about her!
Poor boy, every single class would end up with Samwise exhausted. He has just about had it at this point.
He graduated! So fun, and we enjoyed participating as a family. You know us, Go Big or Go Home and any excuse to celebrate something is a good excuse! We really did enjoy pulling together as a family to help Sam achieve these skills and I loved that it didn't take much persuading to get the big boys to come celebrate with us.