A retraction in the evolution of my training
A few years ago I said I felt you could put "too much' obedience on a SAR dog. I think that does apply if you are dealing with a soft dog who also does not have quite the drives for the work.
Now I feel Beau needs EVEN more obedience work. Much more than passing the NAPWDA Obedience Control test in October and maintaining that. The scentwork is nothing to him. Just fun he does it, does it well, and really has no issues with it but I still have a long way to go with general 100% obedience. Nuff said.
I wanted a dog who was capable of being so committed to source odor he would blow me off he was on source odor. I got that. Now he has to learn that he is only "in charge" when he is on odor and even then I get to make the final calls.
Just got told today to expect to have to ramp it up even more between 18 and 24 months!........Going to get one on one ........
Thank goodness he has a nice temperament and no known temperament issues. Time to roll up the sleeves and do some serious serious obedience under real distraction.
NAPWDA Certified Cadaver Dog
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