You’ve probably already noticed that I’m a pathetic loser who doesn’t get out much. When I do get out, it’s almost always with my husband and/or child. Aside from sitting around the house making stuff and working out,1 I have no hobbies or, well, recreational things I actually do. And so I finally decided I should get out of the house without my husband and/or child to do something fun. What a great idea, right? The possibilities are endless, right? I could . . . well, um, I don’t know. I could go to a spa? Learn to knit? Eh, that doesn’t sound very exciting. So what then? What can I do for fun and why is it so hard for me to figure out what to do for fun?
After thinking and thinking and thinking, I finally had an idea: I could take Peaches to dog obedience class. What could be a more fun girl’s night out than taking a Rottweiler to dog class? Nothing — or at least nothing I could think of — could be more fun.
And so it came to be that I took Peaches to dog class. I was a little nervous about this, because Peaches is very, very strong and has gotten aggressive with other dogs twice since we’ve had her,2 so I knew this could possibly happen again. The good news is it did not happen again and (if you can believe it) I had the most normal dog in dog class for the first time in my life.3 Someone actually asked her dog why he couldn’t be “normal, like that dog,” indicating Peaches. This made me LOL because 99 times out of 100, I’m the one saying that to my dog.
Aside from being completely unwilling to do “down” on a tile floor, Peaches was fantastic. She especially loves “watch me,” where you have a treat in your hand and hold it in front of your face so your dog will learn to look at you on command. She will gaze lovingly into your eyes for hours. That’s the thing with her — and maybe Rottweilers in general — and part of why I thought it would be cool to take her to class. You know how dogs are motivated by different things — like, some are food motivated and some are ball motivated? Well, being a dog, Peaches is food motivated. But she’s also, if this is even a thing, love motivated. I’ve never known a dog who wants so much with the very essence of her being to be loved. She wants to be with you and she wants you to love her more than she wants just about anything. It’s really, really awesome. Plus she’s very smart and I figured she needs a hobby as much as I do.
Next week, we’ll have to continue girls’ night out after class. We can go out for a beer. We can have adventures around the city, like an adult version of Good Dog, Carl. It’ll be awesome.
1. Does “working out” count as a hobby? On the one hand, it takes up quite a bit of my time, but on the other hand, that’s a pretty lame hobby.
2. The first time was when a dog approached Soren and the second time was when we were at the dog park and I don’t know what about the particular dog set her off. Although terrifying, neither incident resulted in injury.
3. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but when we took Coltrane to class, the teacher had to build an actual wall around us because Coltrane couldn’t function with all the stimulation. Sadie did pretty well in class but is, well, Sadie.