He’s Got Class

by Houndstooth on

Last week, Mr. Taleteller and Küster were off at training. This time, they trained with some people from Netherlands and they really enjoyed a different perspective. One thing that they really focus on in their group is obedience, and so Mr. Taleteller had the idea that he wants to spend more time working with Küster on some advanced obedience.

Taking The Treat -- Tales and Tails

Taking The Treat

This week, he decided to take Küster with us when we taught obedience so he could get some extra exposure to several things. He wanted him to be able to handle working around other dogs calmly. He also wanted to work on Küster’s focus. It’s also nice to have a dog to help demonstrate the new things we’re working on so the kids can see how it’s supposed to work, too.

We arrived a little late this week, and came in just as class was getting started. Three of the dogs there lost their Milkbones when Küster walked in. One of the things we’re working on in class is socialization for the dogs, but normally they are okay in class, with the random bad night for someone. I’m not sure why seeing Küster threw them off like it did.

Concentration -- Tales and Tails


For his part, Küster was totally unaffected by the other dogs’ barking. He sat there looking like butter would not melt in his mouth, but I remember his puppy days in obedience class. He was notorious for getting other dogs in trouble with just a look. I have little doubt that he still has this talent, but I didn’t get that vibe from him this time. I just got the feeling that he was happy to be with us and excited to do some work. He did do a little work and was happy to show the class how to do a swing finish as well as an around finish. Then he went back to the car to rest and let the other dogs work in peace.

I was proud of him for how well he behaved. He’s got class, no doubt about that. He also believes that everyone adores him, so I doubt he took offense at the barking dogs.

Pet Me, Pet Me, Pet Me -- Tales and Tails

Pet Me, Pet Me, Pet Me!

On the way home, we were talking about some things related to training. One thing we agreed was that we will always work hard on socializing our dogs so they can handle being around other dogs. Another was that there seems to be nothing that puts a dent in Küster’s self confidence, and I have to admit that’s one of the things I love about him. There’s no convincing him that the world doesn’t adore him, and yet he doesn’t come off as conceited, he’s just that guy who wants to be everyone’s friend. If only we humans could master that talent.

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3 Responses to "He’s Got Class"
  1. Sue Dyer says:

    Kuster grows more handsome with each photo.

    My Honey thinks everyone wants to pet her and the look on her face if someone just walks straight by is priceless.

    Hope you have a nice day. Sue, Polly& Honey

  2. Vicky says:

    Kuster is a great dog. I agree that we humans can learn a thing or two from the canine world.

  3. We could probably all benefit from channeling a little bit of Kuster confidence.

    At BlogPaws this year, the police dog who received a gifted bullet proof vest got all the dogs aroused. Even sitting quietly to the side, his energy swept through the room getting normally quiet dogs riled up.

    The police dog Malinois did have an intense energy very different from Kuster’s quiet confidence. But it is interesting how dogs sense different energies from each other.

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