Last Saturday my husband, John, and I went to the Charleston Dog Show. I had been looking forward to this event for months. We took our six month old puppy Hudson along to compete in the puppy contest. We had been working very hard on his “loose-leash” training and this was going to be the ultimate test of his skills.
I’d love to say that we arrived at Marion Square Park and Hudson walked like a champ, but he didn’t. The multitude of other dogs proved too big of a distraction, and he pulled like a plow horse. He also tried to roll in something while we were registering him for the event. Luckily, by the time the puppy-contest started Hudson had calmed down. When we were in the ring he sat when he was told to and walked very well, i.e. he stayed by my side on a loose-leash. John said that there was only one other puppy who walked better than him. Hudson didn’t win a prize, but I still consider the excursion a success. No pulling with all those distractions? I give Hudson a A+!!!
I am training Hudson to be a therapy dog, but first he has to get his Canine Good Citizenship certificate. He has to be able to behave himself around strangers, not jump, walk on a loose leash, just to name a few of the requirements. Needless to say, that is very hard for a puppy because they are curious and impulsive. However, events like the Charleston Dog Show give me wonderful opportunities to train him around new people and dogs, so I can prepare him for his Canine Good Citizenship test.
If you are in the Charleston area there are a variety of dog-friendly events and places to take your dog to:
Best-life tip: Going somewhere? Take your puppy with you and teach him to be a well-mannered pooch!