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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Playful Puppies!

Hachi is getting older but he still loves his puppy classes. In fact, he's still learning from his classes really fast. He was a little fearful and prone to blowing up early in his days in puppy class. In particular, he had trouble when he was the recipient of rough play. He'd quickly escalate to being too rough himself. Then, he'd get a "time out" which means that he was picked up and given a few minutes to calm down.

Over the past week, he has not been given any "time outs" by his teachers in his puppy classes. He's learned to remove himself from the action when he's starting to feel overwhelmed. In the class in the video below, he'd go under the folding chairs or come sit next to us when he needed a break. It is so gratifying to see how much his interactions have improved.

Puppy classes are not just for fun (and they are FUN)! They teach a puppy skills for reading other dogs and for coping with a lot of other dogs and people. I have a video from his most recent puppy class (he goes to 3 per week). Notice the number of people milling around and the number of puppies who Hachi played with. You can see only a third of the room in the video. It might seem chaotic but it's actually very closely supervised by the teachers who are making sure that the puppies are playing nicely.

Check out the video - it's fun! We have only a few more weeks of puppy classes so this fun phase will be coming to a close all too fast.


  1. this is so cool. I showed it to bob, the video I mean. Yay Hachi for being so good

  2. Hari OM
    The other bi-coloured puppy almost has more energy than Hachi - and that's saying something!!! Thanks for my Saturday dog dose. YAM xx

  3. This is so entertaining and so much more fun than doing housework!

  4. Three classes per week - how cool is that??

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  5. What a wonderful way to socialize a puppy! You must come home with one worn out pup. What kind of a dog is Hachi?

  6. Hachi is adorable. It's good to socialize your baby too. I see so many that aren't social at all. This doesn't make for a good family member.

    Have a woof woof day, Hachi and your siblings. My best to your smart mom. ♥

  7. This is a wonderful way to teach them all to play together. I could see a black puppy at the back, he/she looked quite shy, and was carried out. Do you have to travel far for this? Guess Hachi loves every minute, judging by the video.

  8. LOVE the puppy zoomies. The crashing into one another was icing on the cake in terms of smiles but suspect Hachi gives as much as he gets. Too cute.

  9. What a great play time. You could watch them all day. Dui...our only pup to attend puppy pre-school...had to be turned over on his back a few times to calm down when he got too aggressive. He loves wild games nearly 5 years old.

  10. Hachi...2 things...where is your Duracell battery pack (your energy is endless) and OMDs is the black dog a pup? He sure is big already.
    hugs and smiles cecilia

  11. How we love Hachi's [lay bow!!! He and his brown pal make a great pair!!!

  12. What FUN!!! I watched and wanted to jump in and play with everyone!
    Yours sincerely,
    Margaret Thatcher

  13. What a great idea, and the puppies are having lots of fun while learning. Nothing better than puppies playing.

  14. Hachi is such a smart boy, and you can just tell he's going to grow into an awesome dog! We wanted to take Luke to puppy classes, but because of early health issues (kennel cough and then worms), we could never get the timing right. I'm sure that didn't help him in his socialization, though we got him into training classes as soon as we could.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  15. I bet all of those puppies sleep good at night!


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