I was so excited- Love the name, and when I looked it up online, it sounded like a cool little spot~a fun, outdoor bar that was dog friendly.
Unfortunately, altho it is dog friendly, almost no one (dogs or otherwise) was there. The two of us showed up a little early to check the place out. I wanted Ricky to have time to settle in around all the guests and customers before the other students showed up.
But apparently, it's not as hot of a spot as we had hoped for. So not hot in fact, that they close around 5pm on Saturday-- What kind of a bar is that anyway?!
|This little cutie was the only other customer that was there while Mr. Ricardo and I waited for class to start.|
Only one other student showed up, and bad traffic made the instructor over half an hour late.
We didn't get to practice using good manners in a crowd, because, well, there wasn't a crowd! So we just practiced without the crowd. (Not near as challenging!) We had our pups walk near the grooming area with lots of loud sounds going on-- barking, blow dryers, etc. (Ricky handled it very well!) We also took our dogs off leash and had them practice staying in a sit and down position. (Again, way to go, Ricky!) To make it a little more challenging, the teacher threw a few treats on the floor and we were told to tell our dog to "leave it" if they tried to go for it.
|Ricky Ricardo paying close attention to the teacher's directions.|
We've played the "Leave it/Take it" game many times before with treats and toys. But since that day at the Pooch Patio, once I say "leave it", game OVER. I can't entice the "Take it" part the last couple of days. I traumatized Little Ricky!!! He's a very sensitive little man. I won't make the same mistake again...
|Exhausted on the drive home from school at the Pooch Patio|