Sugar Goes to School

Sugar loves Janet her trainer and she loves the training treats.

Sugar loves Janet her trainer and she loves the training treats.

As everyone knows, I am a sucker for sugar, both the sweet stuff and the fluffly white tornado that is now a part of our family. We got Sugar when she was just 8 weeks old and she has been working on training us ever since.  So far, we haven’t taught her anything but she has taught us that she is in control of the situation.

Sugar has become emotionally attached to one of my slippers – just the right one, not the left.  That puzzles me because I didn’t think dogs knew their right from left. I can only imagine my right foot gives off some kind of wonderful musky odor. I’ve checked this on Google, but there are no case studies indicating a single foot attraction.

She’s also eaten the welting off of the corner of the sofa in my office, plus a countless number of sticks, twigs and branches from the yard.  Three days ago she came upon a Palm branch that had fallen from a tree and for a while I thought she was also going to tackle that.  This dog seems to have lost sight of the fact that she is only 6 pounds!

Anyone interested in a game of ball. I'll take it and run, you try to catch me - OK?

Anyone interested in a game of ball. I’ll take it and run, you try to catch me – OK?

Last week, we finally faced the hard truth… Sugar has to go to training class.

We registered her in the Pet Smart Puppy Training Class with high hopes for results. Here’s what happened…

Sugar wagged her tail a lot. She made friends with a black and white puppy named Oreo. She wrapped the trainer around her little paw. She got a lot of training treats for a very little bit of performance. And, she pooped on the floor which sent her Daddy scurrying off for the clean-up bags and wipes.


This first week was Sugar’s introduction to socialization and listening. She did quite well on the socializiation, I have my doubts about the listening.  I hope this is not a harbinger of what is to come. Stay tuned…

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4 Comments on “Sugar Goes to School”

  1. amyshojai April 12, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Awww…those puppy eyes make you jump through hoops! Oh…and the deal with the one slipper? *whispering* It smells like her now. 🙂

  2. sherry fundin (@sherryfundin) April 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    Such a cute tornado! Good luck with the training. Just like kindergarten, it all starts with the socializing. ^_^ I look forward to more pics and updates. Have a great weekend.

  3. ellethornton1943 April 12, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    Bette, this account of Sugar going to school is truly hilarious. I laughed out loud!

  4. Elizabeth April 13, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    Such a sweetheart – Gus was the same way. He preferred leather shoes, however. Now that he’s 8, he’s finally finished the stick fetish he had.

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