The Graduate

On Saturday, Shiner graduated from obedience school. He's come a long way in his seven months of life.

From this:



From unruly puppy who barked at the wind and nipped at anything he could reach, he's learned to no bark, get off, sit, heel, give, come, down, stay, and leave it.

Like writing or anything else, it takes practice for these commands to become automatic. But Shiner "gets it" about what he's supposed to do. Getting it is the important part. Like learning to ride a bicycle. Once you get the balance thing, you're good to go. Everything else builds on that.

To this:


Shiner . . . this one's for you!

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