There’s a new little dog at the Smile TV office sometimes. Her name is Zaida, and she’s learning to be a very good therapy dog for humans too. Sandy put me in charge of something called “puppy sitting,” which means I need to teach her how to sit. Sitting is very important. It’s so important to sit that my human people do it all day long.
Zaida kind of looks like me, but she doesn’t smell much like me. I can’t wag my tail as fast as she can, and she can’t bark as loud. So we’re kind of different, but we both have a lot in common, like we are both interested in putting things in our mouths.
I shared my chewie with her. I’m pretty good at sharing, but when you’ve been the only very good therapy dog for humans at the Smile TV office, getting all the treats and chewies, it’s kind of a challenge. One of the best things about being a very good therapy dog for humans is that you learn patience. And you really need a lot of patience with puppies.
Being a teacher is even harder than being a very good therapy dog for humans. Back when I was a pup, all I wanted to do was copy everything my teacher, Jake, did. If he stood up, I stood up. If he sat down, I sat down. If he leaned his head a little to the right, so did I!
And sure enough, it made me really very great at sitting, and other stuff too.
Zaida, on the other hand, did not want to lean her head any way! While I was thinking about my past memories of school, she ran away to play Hide-from-Sophie under the desk.
But I could still see her.
I took Zaida’s favorite giraffe and said that she could chew on it again once she learned how to sit. She whimpered and whined a little, but I knew she was really excited to learn.
So, we put on her school uniform, and I started to teach her things. She was really smart, a great puppil for me!
Very good therapy dog for humans training can be exhausting, so after a couple hours of lessons, I let her take a nap in my big bed. It reminded me of times when I was much smaller than I am now and took up much less space in my bed too.
When she woke up, we had our first skill test. We went in to show Sandy and Smile Kyle how successful our puppy sitting session had been, and sure enough, Zaida sat very, very well. I was so proud. I think she’s going to be a very, very good therapy dog for humans. I am excited to teach her more!
What were some of the most important things you learned in doggy training school? Leave a comment below, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!