This past Saturday morning, Pippa made up her final class at PetSmart and graduated from puppy training. Her last class was supposed to be on Saturday, November 16, but because I was in a car riding back home from Dallas. So, I called the trainer on Monday and rescheduled for Saturday the 23rd at 9:30 a.m.
We got to PetSmart a little early because I wanted Pippa to have her nails, or talons as I like to call them, trimmed. After the nail trimming, we headed over to the training area. It was just us since the other dogs in the class had graduated the previous week. The Pip performed some of her learned tricks and then got a stubborn streak and wouldn't do anything. As Linda the trainer said, I know she can do it, but she's just being stubborn. I think she also needed a natural break which apparently deters her from performing as she should.
Linda took Pippa's photo for the graduation board and I snapped one with my camera as well. Linda then gave us a goody bag of treats and a scoop and also a certificate of completion and a magnet that says, "My Dog has Class". We discussed the Intermediate Class which I might do with Pippa some time next spring after I get back from vacation. Linda said she needed to mature a few more months first.
So, The Pip is a graduate and can perform a few tricks. Minding on the other hand we need to do a lot of work on because she has a mind of her own.