Max and I are going to a new obedience class (it's just behind my house as it turns out). It is so much more fun than our first class. This time I was smart enough to check out the trainer's philosophy. He doesn't believe in choke collars and works with reward based training. He often uses Max as an example as Max is of course brilliant, and he is ALL about the food reward based training since we are of course trying to starve him to death. He follows the trainer around like the little puppy dog he is.
This guy is quite experienced with dogs as well so after getting a sense of the dogs last week he allowed them to play before and after class this week. To see Max in the middle of a group with a 6 mo Great Dane, a 9 month old Golden, and a Golden Lab about his age is pretty funny. He's all "Don't forget about me guys!" I was watching him play with the Golden before class. It's amazing how dogs adapt. Her mommy said that she regularly takes down their older Golden but she and Max played for about 10 minutes before others got there without touching each other - they chased, they bowed, they rolled - and they surely would have bowled anyone standing in the middle of the room over! It's actually pretty funny seeing Max chase a big dog like that.
I'm always amazed at how eager to please Cav's are. I have to be really careful because Mindy's agility trainer was expressing her amazement at Mindy that at her age she just takes in stride anything I ask of her - it's like she's saying "yeah okay". She's far quicker than I am in learning the things we are doing at agility. The instructor was explaining to me what she was expecting on our teeter exercise yesterday. I'm still trying to process where I should be and where Mindy should be and she just went ahead and did it! She does let me know when she has jumped enough though - so we just go on to other things.