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
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.
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.