Saturday, 4 December 2021

The doggy do

So today was the final day at dog training class and it was the fun day for the Saturday puppy and beginners classes combined. There must have been fifteen or sixteen dogs there and I think Tilly found it a bit overwhelming as she was much more bouncy than usual. Unfortunately our trainer was unwell and didn't attend so the class was organised by the two trainers from the puppy classes.

I dressed Tilly in her bandana and snowdog outfit at home to get her used to wearing it. It was difficult to take a good photo of her as she wasn't too happy until she got used to it. I wore my Christmas jumper and socks but she wasn't too bothered what I was wearing.



Tilly didn't win the fancy dress competition and it was a good turn out of outfits. She did win first prize for best tricks though and did her party piece really well. She did her shake a paw, down and rollover routine and then she did her twirls standing on her two back legs. I was so proud of her and she won a rosette and a big bag of gravy bones and she does love gravy bones.

 

Then they played a game of musical mats and Tilly and I got down to just five remaining mats  before we were forced out. One of my new friends commented I must have been exhausted after all that walking around and I actually was glad to sit down. They played a game of Simon Says but Tilly wasn't having any of that she'd decided she wasn't going to play that game. At the end of the games all the puppies were given their certificates as we were on the first course and then it was time to leave.

I had a quick word with Millie's dad and Tilly's little cockapoo lookalike who'd we'd met on the very first class but as Millie had been ill she's had to do the puppy class all over again and it was nice to see her again. I asked if I could take a last photo of her and  said we wouldn't be doing any more classes and it had been nice while it lasted and we'd learned a lot along the way. All good things must come to an end.



18 comments:

  1. Well done Tilly for winning a first prize and a rosette, you must be a very proud mum :) The party sounds like it was all good fun, especially the musical mats - a shame Tilly didn't win anything in the fancy dress but she looks cute in her outfit anyway. You're right about Millie being a lookalike, I saw the bottom photo first and thought it was Tilly. That's quite a bag of gravy bones there, I hope she enjoys them :)

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    1. Tilly did very well winning the best trick and she loves gravy bones so that was an ideal prize for her. The musical mats was good fun but we couldn't quite make it to the end. She can wear her outfit when we take her out over Christmas, she got used to it after a while. Millie is the spitting image of Tilly, exact same size as well, shame we won't get to see her again :(

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    2. I hope you take lots of photos if Tilly wears her outfit when you take her out over Christmas - I can imagine you'll get a few 'awws' especially from any children who see her :)

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    3. I certainly will be taking photos of her don't worry about that :)

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  2. Awww, doesn't she look cute in her fancy dress. Well done to Tilly for winning best tricks, I'm sure she'll love the gravy bones.

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    1. She certainly will enjoy her gravy bones, she did her tricks really well. All the dogs looked good in their fancy dress.

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  3. I came over from attheendofasuffolklane.blogspot. I really enjoy reading about your life now and then. It's a pleasure to hear what you are doing, and what is happening in your life. Thank you very much for taking the time to post. Tilly is a sweet looking dog!

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    1. Welcome to my blog Ruth, nice to know you enjoy reading about what we get up to. Life with Tilly is never dull :)

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  4. Glad to hear about the doggy-do & what a clever girl Tilly, winning the best tricks category. I'm with Tilly on the not liking to dress up & just like being comfortable old me. Thanks for sharing, take care & hugs.

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    1. Tilly did really well. Once she got used to the costume she was OK then. I'm not a fan of dressing up either, wearing a Christmas jumper is about my limit :)

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  5. Congratulations Tilly! And very well done to you, Eileen for persisting with the lessons. X

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    1. I've learned a lot at the lessons and Tilly will be a work in progress, we'll go steady at her pace and she'll get the hang of things eventually. Doing the tricks proved to me she is capable of learning.

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  6. Well done for getting to the end of the course. Now it's over you and Tilly can gently continue, find your own way and I'm sure as she gets older everything will settle down.

    Our neighbours have the most gorgeous brown cockerpoo, who as a youngster was skittish, nervous, terrified of everything and anything for no obvious reason. Jason knows her breeder, the pup had never had any difficulties, it was just how she was.

    4 or 5 years on she has matured and is now the most laid back, chilled out, relaxed dog you will ever meet. She has grown into herself, is confident and absolutely bomb-proof with anything new. I suspect "it's a breed thing" and in a couple of years Tilly will still be herself, but have changed hugely (if that makes sense?)

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    1. You're absolutely right Jayne and what you say makes perfect sense. I've never needed to go to dog training with any dog I've ever had and I've had dogs all my life. Last year was the exception but I was going through difficult times as you know. Tilly has given me a reason to get out and about and life isn't dull with her and she will settle down. It is a breed thing and I've met other cockapoo and spaniel owners who say exactly the same thing.

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  7. What a star! First place and a purple rosette, what more could you want, and she looked so cute in her outfit. Proud mummy moment and well done to you for persevering with the classes x

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    1. I am a proud Mum. She took centre stage and did her tricks well. The rest of the training is a bit hit and miss but never mind. We've learned a lot and we can practice in our own time x

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  8. Aw, Tilly looks so cute in her snowdog outfit! How adorable! Well done, Tilly, for winning first prize in best tricks! Enjoy those gravy bones! You've both done well, staying with and finishing that training course! :)

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    1. I think she looks cute in her outfit too :) She did well to win the best tricks and I know for sure she will enjoy her gravy bones.

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