I’d like to start 2o11 with some training classes for Annabelle. Although training is a part of everyday life for us, formal classes have great merit – from a socialization aspect with other dogs and people. I choose my trainers and training centers carefully… I prefer small classes – 8 to 10 participants is plenty. When I teach therapy dog training classes, I like to cap the class at 8 so that all participants get plenty of practice time. By the same token, a critical mass is necessary – at least 5 participants make for good interaction.
I’m looking at an Agility class for Annie. She’s a bit shy – but loves to train. I think the activity of working on the different pieces of equipment will be a lot of fun for her. She’s taken a beginners Rally class and did very well as the weeks progressed.
Classes, along with her Monday trips to the library – plus meeting up with dog friends for walks in the park or bike trail – will all help to develop her skills to become a therapy dog when she shows signs of being ready.