Well, in a nutshell, it went really well. Including Kipawa, there were 7 dogs. Kipawa was easily the highest energy dog there. He so much wants to play with all the other dogs, so instead of that, the trainer put us into a smaller area with a Boston Terrier that had a bad incident at a dog park (it had been pinned down by another dog). The trainer felt that Kipawa's non-threatening attitude would be good for the BT.
Kipawa and the BT played for about 10 minutes off leash, running around and having fun. A couple of times the owner of the BT had to squirt her dog because he was rough-housing a bit too much. When this was happening, I noticed Kipawa having his mouth open too much, so I stepped in a few times and gave him our 'gentle' command, which worked very well.
My husband was amazed at how fast Kipawa runs. I told Darrel that was nothing, that he should see him at the off leash park. If the ground hardens up a bit, Darrel will come with us. Right now his wheelchair would sink into the muck.
Then Kipawa and the BT were leashed, and we all did training in the larger area. We worked on sit/stay and heel. Yes, I certainly found out that the attention span of a basenji is short. His attention span did not make it all the way to the end of the class. The last 10 minutes were unfocussed, but overall, I am really happy with how he did.
After the class, we went to the hardware store so I could get a Dremel. My husband meant well, but he bought something like the Pedi-Paws, and it is pretty much garbage. So anyone reading this, pass on the Pedi-Paws types of nail groomers and get a Dremel instead. The one I got is suggested for 'small jobs', and cost $49.00.
We then came home and Kipawa had a huge rest. Occupying his mind obviously tires him quite well. We are now heading off to the pet store so I can get him a couple of undestructable balls and perhaps another soft toy that is as strong as his "Chalo" cheetah.
Hope you are all having a great weekend.