Starting school can trigger fear, apprehension, and acute separation anxiety; all of which I experienced when we took Max to his first doggy-obedience class last week.
Due to all the frenetic barking, I couldn’t hear a word the trainer was saying, so my stress-levels shot up, especially as most of the barking came from Max.
Max, who at home has mastered commands to sit, lie down, stay, and come when called, totally ignored me in his rush to get to the other dogs. And apart from one little terrier who got excluded early on, Max was the naughtiest in class!
The whole thing was so traumatic I’m never going back! I’m going to home-school him from now on…