Friday, April 14, 2017

The graduate

Congratulations to Toby for graduating from Puppy Manners Class.  Doesn't he look so cute in his cap and gown?

Toby is a five month old Havanese puppy who has won the heart of everyone he has encountered. My sister Jan has been working hard to help him be the best possible dog by taking him to weekly classes run by Smart Dog Training here in Victoria. Smart Dog uses all positive reinforcement techniques. Their motto is "train with your brain, not pain" and it's been super effective with Toby. Full disclosure: I worked with the founder of Smart Dog Training some years ago. Sherry Anntonishen has created a really excellent program for dogs of all sizes.

So often people who have small dogs don't bother to teach them them manners and they become little pests who jump up and bite and bark and don't listen. But Jan has worked with him--and continues to do so--so he will be polite and pleasant to be around.  Kudos to Jan and to Toby for this work.  


  1. ADORABLE ! That is one sweet gud dug.
    I really think all dogs especially small one need training.
    Thank You for showing us this sweet post today.

    cheers, parsnip


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