21, Baby!

Blue, our newly rescued shelter hound, graduated this morning from beginner obedience class at an excellent facility called Top Dog here in New Jersey. He’s just eight months old and already knows his name, “sit,” “lie down,” “come,” and the basics of walking politely on a leash. (At least when I have small pieces of hot dog in my hand.)

Graduation day was filled with games that test the basic skills each dog has learned. One of the games gave each dog 30 seconds to sit and lie down on command, as many times as possible. Most of the dogs scored about a 10. One got as  high as 19.

My boy Blue? First place with a rocking 21!

Our next goal is working with the Top Dog trainers to help Blue earn his AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate. If all goes well, he’ll have it before he’s even a year old.

And somebody left this dog in a shelter to be put down before he even had a chance to shine. He’s a winner, through and through. I couldn’t be happier or prouder of our little boy Blue.

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