Leo learns to sit
Puppy class at DogtownSA is always fun. The
eager enthusiasm of puppies to learn is an absolute pleasure to train. Under
the able guidance of puppy trainer extraordinaire James, our clever puppies at
DogtownSA learned to sit on command in just a few short lessons.
If only all things in life were learned so
easily. Meet Leo, he is our big teddy bear in the rehab section of DogtownSA.
Leo is ever patient with the moods of his lady friend Micah and is always ready
to brighten your day with a wagging tail and smile. Leo however was confounded
by the idea of sitting on command. No matter how we tried to teach him (bribery
is perhaps a more fitting term, we used all kinds of yummy treats), Leo failed
to comprehend the concept of sitting for a treat and his bottom remained very
firmly up in the air, tail wagging in blissful ignorance.
Our inability to concede defeat is a
recurrent theme at DogtownSA. So each day we continued our attempts to teach
Leo to sit. Each day, Micah (Leo’s lady friend) happily sat for her biscuit and
Leo continued tail wagging, oblivious to our educational aspirations. One
blustery winter morning however, things changed. After finishing his breakfast,
Leo suddenly sat in front of me. Gobsmacked I froze for a second, luckily I had
a biscuit handy to reward Leo. I pushed my luck a little further, and tried to
lure Leo into a sit a second time. You could almost see the cogs in his brain
turning as he stared up at the biscuit in my hand; and to my amazement, he sat
down in front me again.
Leo is now besotted with his newly acquired
skill and eagerly follows you around to show off his perfect sit. Leo is testament to the reward of patience
and consistency. He reminds us that while some things in life may take a little
longer to learn, it is never too late to learn and grow.