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City School

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We are enrolled in a dog obedience training series with Asher in St. Paul, MN. The guy gets a dose of the big city every Thursday and he seems more than capable of coping with sidewalks and city streets.

Asher showed no hesitation about adjusting to the city latrines that looked nothing like the trees and bushes he has become accustomed to at home. We are so proud of him.

The hour-long class has probably six other dogs and owners for Asher to ignore while we are trying to listen to the instructor and then practice the routines. It’s a misnomer to call it a dog obedience class because it is really a “hooman” obedience class teaching the time-tested tricks for establishing one-word commands.

You can lure a dog into the desired behavior with food but if you state the command while luring, that is a bribe. They don’t learn from a bribe.

Timing is everything. Commands are to be stated only once. If you repeat it, they tune it out. Successful responses to commands are met by a friendly “Yes!” and then a reward treat is given. For Cyndie and me, the chaos in the training room and the multiple repetitions of exercises lead to forgetting the command or repeating the command, taking too long to serve the treat, and too frequently forgetting the “Yes!”

Asher seems to be learning in spite of our inconsistencies.

The hour is rather exhausting for all of us.

The car ride home is pretty quiet.



Written by johnwhays

May 26, 2023 at 6:00 am

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  1. He looks like he is growing fast!


    May 26, 2023 at 10:41 pm

  2. I can relate so much to this!! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Congratulations to you all on the small wins! I’m glad Asher is being so patient with the “hooman” training process. Dogs are saints. ๐Ÿพ


    May 26, 2023 at 8:25 am

    • They are! We are feeling sheepish about how often we lose patience and question our decision to get another dog. Then things go well for a while and he loves us up and down and melts our hearts.


      May 26, 2023 at 10:29 am

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