Tuesday, 10 January 2012


On Sunday, I had the huge pleasure of experiencing my first pup play/training session.

I went into it with a lot of excitement and anticipation. I felt very grateful for the opportunity, as it was a chance to explore my pup self in a "paws on" way, in a private space. I went in thinking of the session as a kind of "practice run" for an upcoming Pup Night this Thursday. I felt really comfortable talking about my expectations and hopes for the session. When the moment came to don my gear, I went from having a somewhat calm demeanor to a slightly more nervous one. I think it was a combination of adrenaline and excitement. I fully trusted my trainer, but I felt a bit awkward. Here I was, about to put on a hood and mitts, get down on my knees and become a dog! :D

Once my trainer began to assist me with putting on my hood and paws, I let go, and became calm again. His manner and language set me even further at ease. From this point on, it's hard to give a step by step description of what happened. I just got into it!  

Hawk experienced playing fetch, and learning commands like sit and stay. Hawk learned that he enjoys being an obedient pup, showing affection, and curling up on the couch.

Hawk is still finding his voice, but was quieter than I'd expected he'd be. He made a few small sounds, practiced growling when asked to and barked a few times too.

What started out as a "practice run" became so much more. Hawk enjoyed the attention and care he received from his trainer (and his trainer's husband) so much, and looks forward to growing and developing this new bond and friendship. I'm looking forward to the experience of future sessions and further growth as a pup!

I'm so grateful for the experience and even more excited for Pup Night now!


  1. Just want to say how proud of you for taking this next step. Your such an incredibly good pup, and this journey that your on is an amazing one. Your a very good boy, and glad to be along with you for the ride, keep up the amazing work!

  2. Arfarf! That sounded like a great night brother! Glad you got to get more into your pup self! It is good that you have a sign or way that you know you are going to be in pupspace, ie the gear. But also allow yourself to be free and be more pup like with those you know and trust anytime. You know what it means! *licks your nose* thank you for sharing brother!!