Description: Arthur served as an ambassador for all dogs and for English Cocker Spaniels when he visited Jennifer’s classroom.
Each Kindergarten student gets a turn being the “Star of the Week.” When it is your week you can bring your pet to school. Jenny’s week happened in March and she wanted to bring one of our dogs to class. I asked Jennifer’s teacher if it would be okay to bring Arthur to school and she was very excited.
On Friday morning, Arthur stepped into the classroom. I had him on a leash and heeled him inside the classroom. The twenty students were sitting in a circle on the carpet. I heeled him through the students to the center of the carpet. I talked to the children about English Cocker Spaniels and how I train my dogs using positive rewards. I emphasized how I let the dog know when he’s done something right. Arthur and I demonstrated how he could follow basic commands like sit, stand, down and stay with no problems.
The children wanted to pet Arthur so I had him heel next to me (with him on the outside) as we walked around the circle very slowly. We would stop in front of a few children, they would pet him then I would heel him to the next set of children. Arthur remained focused on me like he was doing a heeling exercise and didn’t bother the children.
The children asked to have Arthur ‘speak.” I am such a practical trainer that I had never taught him this trick. But I knew that if I howled, he would start too. So I told the children that for our grand finale Arthur and I would sing. So, I began howling and soon thereafter Arthur joined me. The children all laughed at our performance.
Arthur made a fantastic impression on the children. Months later some children would ask me, “Where is your dog?” and hoped I would bring him back to school.
He certainly was a good ambassador.