We Did It!

Today was our last day of obedience class.  Kassie has graduated from beginning obedience!  Now, for a lot of dogs, that wouldn’t be a big deal…but for Kassie, it is!  You have to have a little background to understand.  When Kassie was about 16 weeks old I took her to the National Bernese Mountain Dog Specialty in Louisville, Kentucky.  Unbeknownst to me (at the time)  that time period is a very crucial imprinting time.  I thought it would be a wonderful experience for her to get to see all those dogs and people.  WRONG!  There was simply too much noise, too many people who wanted to touch the puppy and way too much sensory overload.  Unfortunately, it really scarred her.  She developed a real fear of new people and new places.   Now before you think I’m a bad mom and “why in the world didn’t you get her help before now”?????  I did try.  Unfortunately, we were living in a small community that offered no opportunities for her to get out and try to work through some of those fears.  The nearest dog training was 45 minutes away–and the lady that was teaching it, was more into agility and rally than she was into  trying to help Kassie.

As soon as we moved to Albuquerque, I enrolled her in a dog obedience class and we have been working on it since.  Fortunately, she isn’t aggressive.  Instead, she hides–behind me, in the nearest cubby hole–whatever she can find.  She doesn’t want to look at anyone and she doesn’t want anyone to look at her!  So, for the last eight weeks, we have been trying to work through those problems.

I am happy to announce that today she actually acted like she almost enjoyed going to class!  🙂  She was more relaxed than she has been at any other class and she actually interacted with people!  We still have a long way to go, but it is a beginning!

So…TaDah!!!!  Presenting my graduate!

The Proud Graduate!

The Proud Graduate!

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