Katinka's Graduation

Yes Katinka graduated. It is true.
She graduated on Thursday, December 15, 2011.
She graduated from Petsmart's Beginner Training Classes.
And she even has her own graduation cap to prove it, well, my mother-in-law bought it for her when Kevin and I graduated from BYU this April of 2011. Isn't it the cutest thing? It sure came in handy for her graduation at Petsmart.
The trainer told me that she didn't have any graduation caps that would fit Katinka and said maybe Katinka can sit in one for a picture and I was like,
"Oh, well...actually I have one..."
We still have lots of things to work on but Katinka made BIG progress in the class so that was great!
When she first came into the class she would hide under the chair I was sitting on, refuse ALL dog treats, and was too scared to approach other dogs or people. Then I gave her lots of treats when she sniffed other dogs and people and I had people give her treats too when she approached them! By the end of the classes she was trying to play with all dogs even the largest ones! I'm glad she faced her "scaredy-cat" fear!

What Katinka dominates:
  • Sit
  • Shake (left paw)
  • Sit Up
  • Lay
  • Rollover
  • Spin in a circle
  • Staying still/relaxed for cutting nails/getting brushed
  • "Kill it" when playing with a stuffed animal. She will then shake it like crazy lol.

What Katinka still needs to work on:
  • Come (she did great in class but at home she doesn't come to me all the time haha. She was the best in class and everyone was so impressed...hmmm lol.)
  • Shake (right paw)
  • Stay (for longer) & Release
  • Leave it & Okay (she is good at when you have a treat in your hand and you tell her leave it but when you have it on the floor she feels like she can go for it right away)
  • Ringing the bell when she needs to go to the bathroom. She actually is doing pretty good. I say "Wanna go potty?" and she'll ring it but we still need to work on the connection a little more!
  • Watch Me 

She will be in a boarding kennel for this week as we will be in Kansas City for Christmas time! I hope she does well! She will be playing with LOTS of little dogs all day there, so I hope she will become best friends and not be too scared to play with them! Socialization was a big part of the reason I wanted her to get in classes! We'll see I guess!
What is a cool trick your dog or pet knows that I should teach Katinka?

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PPS. Take a look at Mia's blog, Color it Mia HERE because I'm guest posting on Why I think Mormons Marry Young! I'm sure you all want to read it ;) So check it out!


  1. That is SO cute how she can do all these things! I wish I would have taught my dog some things when she was a puppy.....she's just a spoiled brat. And she's pretty anti-social when it comes to other people :/


  2. I wish I could say that my dog knows tricks but he doesn't except for sit :/ We got him for the local SPCA when he was 3 so he didn't know anything. He's very nervous a lot of the time which I think might be that he was beaten before we got him :( He is learning to go to the door when he needs to go out though! :)

  3. We recently taught diesel to play dead. We point a "gun" at him and say "Bang" and he falls to the floor with his stomach up. Another thing that we love, is that Diesel has to wait for his food. So we pour it into his bowl and he has to wait until we say "eat" to eat it. That helps with them understanding to look to you for how they should act. But yay for Katinka! Sounds like she's doing awesome.

  4. seriously that's too cute! she is adorable. congrats Lady K on your graduation!

  5. Our red heeler, Rebel, can do something I've never seen another dog do but it certainly not something we trained him to do. He can jump & clear eight-foot privacy fences. He can also climb to the top of them and scale them like a cat. It is quite remarkable and even more annoying. He used to jump over into my neighbor's yard (which thank goodness was my Grandma) and go in her doggy door! He is a hot mess sometimes!

    Katinka is super cute in her graduation hat! Congrats tiny pup!!

  6. Yay katinka!! She is so cute in her graduation cap. :)

  7. Aw ha ha what a little sweetheart! :)

  8. This is seriously so cute. Your dog is so freakin' cute.

  9. That is SO CUTE that she has her own cap. I could die. I bet it was so funny telling the trainer she already had one, HA! We teach our dog to play dead when we shoot him with our finger- that's my fave!

  10. HAHA I die! She is so freaking cute! How old is she? My lil one could certainly use some training but she's already a year and a half and I've been told its pretty useless! :/

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

  11. She looks so proud in her graduation cap!! Congrats to mom and dad :-)

  12. That's awesome with the bell. I would love to have my dog do that!

  13. Hi lovely...guest what?! You're my pink wreath giveaway winner! Congrats and I'll be sending you an e-mail to get your addy!

    Love that your doggy is being trained...she sounds adorable!

  14. Congrats on her graduation! How long was the class? And how old is Katinka?

  15. HOW cute! Love the little graduation cap! haha!

  16. I really enjoyed your guest post on why Mormons marry young! Great work!

  17. this is so adorable. my parents did the same thing for their dog when they got her a couple years ago.

  18. Congrats to Katinka! My new pup just started her PetSmart classes!
    I hope Pippa will know as much when she graduates in six weeks! :)
    Alex- http://therolexrelease.blogspot.com

  19. I need to be better at commenting! I love Katinka and her hat!!

  20. Haha I love this! Absolutely adorable!!!

    P.S. I've chosen you for the versatile blogger award. Check out my post tomorrow (tuesday) to see what its all about :)


  21. I LOVE everything about this post!!!! So cute. Congrats Katinka and congrats Ashley on persevering with Katinka!!! She looks adorable in her graduation cap and I love that photo of all of you in your caps :) I love it when dogs can "bow", here's a youtube video of a dog doing it in case you don't know what I mean. I think it's so cute http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MetY5lDYMk. I realise I have used the word 'cute' a billion times in this comment but I just can't help it :)