Today is Zoe's big day; her first day of "school" at Field of Dreams!! I attended orientation Wednesday night, and learned more about their training philosophy, and was given a list of things to bring. I was impressed by their positive approach to training, and their gentle reminder that our dogs are just that, dogs. They think, communicate, behave and learn differently than we do as humans. It can be easy to lose sight of these facts, particularly when dealing with dog-related challenges. I'm looking forward to obedience training with Zoe, and perhaps more importantly, helping her overcome some of her discomfort in new situations. You never know, she might surprise me and have a great time!
Among the items I've prepared: a collapsible water bowl, a couple of toys, our clicker that FOD provided, tasty treats and a houndie tote to carry all our stuff. As a training aid, Field of Dreams suggested hotdogs cut into very small pieces, no larger than raisins. We aren't accustomed to sharing "people food" with our dogs, so this should be interesting. They also said that we will go through a lot of treats, especially during the first classes. I'm planning to take two hotdogs tomorrow. I simply cannot imagine little Zoe consuming more than two hotdogs, and definitely don't want to make her sick.
One of my top priorities tomorrow is Zoe's safety. She's going to be in an unfamiliar situation surrounded by other dogs, and while it's never happened before, the thought of her slipping out of her collar has crossed my mind. To ease that concern, I decided to buy a harness for Zoe to wear when training. After having to exchange the first one for a larger size, I think I've got it right now. Zoe doesn't seem to mind the harness, and has worn it around the house a little to get used to it.
Since she has a harness now, and a collar, I decided to pick up a cute, new tag for her while I was at PetSmart.
|(On the back is our phone number.)|