Doggy school graduation

Posted by Karen in Bruno.
Friday, December 9th, 2005 at 10:46 am

Last night our little boy Bruno graduated from doggy school level 1 at Twin Cities Obedience Training Club. We couldn’t be prouder. It’s actually kind of amazing to think about what he’s all learned in the last 9 weeks. When we first brought Bruno home a mere 2 1/2 months ago, he sort of knew "sit", and he was pretty decent on walks. Now he sits, lays down, stays, stands, shakes, rolls over, heels, and more. Granted, not perfectly every time, but pretty darn close.

Last night’s big tests were weaving through cones by leading him with my hand, and heeling down to one side of the ring, doing a u-turn, sitting him, staying him, and then leaving him there, walking down to the other end of the ring, releasing him from the stay and calling him to come to me, and having him sit when he got there. Ohh, he made his parents proud.

He will miss his friends Boomer, Brandy, and especially Amelie the pug, but there will be more dog friends in his future. Level 2 will have to wait until after broomball season, but I think Bruno is already well on his way to being the best trained dog in the world that Nate dreams he will be. And speaking of Nate, I’d like to give a little shout-out to him for picking up the at-home training while I’ve been under the weather. Shaking, rolling over, and standing? All Nate. Well, and Bruno I guess.

The first picture is the certificate Bruno got for completing Level 1 (it only has Nate’s name on it because he’s the one who registered him for class). The next one was during one of our training classes a few weeks ago. And the last one is Bruno with the best trainer in the world, Dani, the Dog Whisperer.

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4 Responses to “Doggy school graduation”

  1. nator Says:

    Actually, it has my name on it because he’s my dog. Graduation certificates don’t lie.

  2. Karen Says:

    Oh yeah? Why don’t you call our vet and ask them what Bruno’s last name is? They’ll say it’s Phillips. That’s right. My dog.

  3. Rick Says:

    My only question is – can Bruno do “Bang, you’re dead?”
    Nice job with the training. It is so much nicer to have a dog that is trained. Ours have varied in the past and it makes a big difference.

  4. m Says:

    Congrats to Bruno Phillips(-Schroeder) and his bosses. We are very proud of all of you. It takes a lot of effort and commitment to have a well-trained dog. We are anxious to see our grand-dog at Christmas time. I think has has changed a lot since we last saw him. In truth, we are anxious to see all three of you!