I walked up to my new client’s home for our first lesson and I realized that I didn’t know what kind of dog I was about to meet. I knew it was a puppy, but I couldn’t remember what kind. Not that it matters, of course … bring me your labs, your Jack Russell Terriers, your pit bulls, your mixed breed dogs … I train ‘em all. So who was behind Door Number One? My client let me in and there was… Louie the five-month old Clumber Spaniel! Clumbers are an uncommon breed around here, so I was dee-lighted to see his freckled face before me. The one Clumber I trained years ago was quite the comedian, but surprisingly clever as well. Louie was true to my biased view of the breed, all silly and smart. He finished up lesson number one a few steps ahead of the average pup. After the taxing introduction to basic training was over he couldn’t help but get very … very … sleepy. Can’t wait to work with Mr. Clumberlicious next week … stay tuned, I think you’ll be seeing his sweet face in this space again soon.
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