Okay readers by now you all should be aware that Team Küster was up to something different last weekend; our manners. The Chief Editor and I along with Bunny, Flattery and of course the Black Tornado, Küster, all went to a blogging conference called BlogPaws. Although we do work on manners every time we are out in public this week we can say that we drove down to Nashville, TN to work on our manners.
So what is a search and rescue dog to do while attending a blogging conference? Well, in two words… Be Good. Küster was put to the test of being a well behaved, well-mannered pup.
Here was my concern. When Küster and I go away for training. It’s typically lots of physical activity. Followed by me being tired and him resting for two minutes and then ready to go again. This trip however involved going to a professional conference. There were many people, vendors, lots of breakout sessions, and tons of food. Do you see where I’m coming from? A dog with the nickname of the Black Tornado going to a session about html coding and something called SEO. So, how did he do? I’m happy to report that he did well. As the Chief Editor is always saying to me, “You need to give that boy more credit”.
Küster seemed to take it all in. He seemed to think it was all about him. Now, I will admit that he did not go to all the sessions. There were a few times that he was sent to the hotel room to chill. But all in all it went well. We worked on our sits and downs while the speakers were discussing the do’s and don’ts of blogging. We worked on meeting new people without being overly enthusiastic, but still being able to give them the old Küster charm.
Speaking of Küster’s charm; the Black Tornado was in his element. He met no stranger. I can report that all the work to socialize him as a puppy worked. By the second day of the conference his confidence was a little too over the top. I had been talking to a vendor for a while. I finally looked down to check on him only to find my boy sitting behind the the table between the seats being petted by the vendors. Küster also took advantage of my note taking during one of the breakout sessions. I had put him in a “down” next to my seat. A little while later, I noticed the people around me giggling. Küster had moved. He was now sitting in the seat next to me watching the presenter. All I could do was put my arm around him and sit next to my dog. Küster later noticed a lady sitting just down from us wearing cat ears. He found them fascinating.
Küster and I were able to get one fun trail in while at the hotel. I gave him a scent article with the Chief Editor’s odor on it while in the elevator. After a brief start on the floor below he gave his “negative” head up and stop letting me know she didn’t get out on this floor. We went on to the next floor where he scented around the elevator area for some time then took her trail straight to the room door.
On the last day the Chief Editor and I took the dogs to Honkytonk Row. Lots of people, food, and music going on here. All three pups received lots of pets and even posed for a few people who wanted selfies with them. We all had a great time.
Now, I am by no means an advice writer nor do I want to begin anything like that, but I would like to stop and say a few words. Yes, I did have my K-9 partner out and about. In fact, all three of our dogs were out at the conference or in public often. That does not mean they didn’t get breaks away from all the commotion. When traveling with your pets know their limits. Know your own. Give breaks away from everything and just chill. From the time I picked Küster up, he was put into social situations just because of his job. I knew he would be going to conferences with hundreds of people and other animals. He still has limits and I am mindful of them. Like people, not all dogs are the same. They may even preform different from day to day. Just take the time to be mindful of what they can handle. Many of our readers here at TalesAndTails.com know that the Chief Editor and I have another German Shepherd Dog named Morgan. Notice that she was not mentioned in this post today? She would not have been able to handle being at this conference at all. We both know and understand this. For both Morgan’s sanity and our own she stayed at a friend’s house.
All in all the conference was great time. I learned a ton of information about blogging. We met some old friends and readers of Tales and Tails and met some new people also, all while using our good manners.