Hi, I have two dogs, Paris the 9 year old Cavalier and Holly the nearly six month old pug cross (father was a pug, mother was apparently a foxy bichon cross). Paris is not well trained but she is well behaved at home. So Holly is the first time I’ve really tried to train a dog properly. My mum and my sister decided to get Holly and brought her home two days before Christmas (I did not feel ready for another dog after our other cavalier passed last April and Paris has developed the same heart condition). My mum admits that she was somewhat of an impulse buy after seeing the puppy in the petshop a month earlier, they decided that since she was still there they would buy her. I tried to warn them that a pug x does not equal a couch potato (our cavaliers have always been pretty lazy, behaved but not trained if you get what I mean). And that most pups are not as quite as Paris was as a puppy (she's the only dog we got as a pup and she was sick). Holly is very active and my sister doesn’t really play with her (and mum works and is busy when she is home and isn’t confident in dog training). So it fell on me to train and play with this puppy that I didn’t even want (although I do love dogs). After Christmas I took Holly to puppy obedience class (she was too old for preschool) which she did excellently in (she was the best at most things, in my opinion J). So next was intermediate obedience class (she is on week 4 of the 6 week course) and is doing well (her sister is in the same class which is funny to see). So far I’ve taught her to sit, lie down, touch her nose to my hand, target a plastic disc, shake paw, roll over, spin, jump over my leg, play dead, fetch a tennis ball, stay (without too many distractions though), I’ve just tried to teach her to cover her eyes with her paw but it sort of turned into a ‘scratch face’. In the obedience class the dogs are learning flyball (just for fun) and Holly is the only one that can hit the target and then grab the ball (even the Labrador wont grab the ball). I am proud of her. She gets spayed on the 29th of March and then when she is healed we are probably going to start the advanced obedience class and puppy agility classes. We just started using the clicker yesterday (after watching kikopup on youtube) and today I tried to teach her to ‘get on the mat’ which she found a bit too exciting and would leap as fast as she could onto it, but I think I can iron this problem out. Holly’s main problem that I would like some advice about is toilet training. I will post about that problem separately. So... that’s my introduction.