In your opinion, whats the best way to start?
So often on here we read about people saying they are getting a new puppy and want to get into schH or another protection sport. So I thought I would start a thread on some of the best ways you have found to start.
I will lead off by talking about my house hold. I started with a puppy I had just purchased. It has been a long and bumpy road but I have learned a lot along the way. I have learned how to train this dog and I have learned a lot about my dogs strengths and weaknesses. I have also been limited to learning at my dogs pace rather than my own. I have been held back in some experiences such as trials and some handling technique because I have been focused on raising the dog.
Now for my GF to get started I brought in an already titled adult dog. The dog already knows what to do so all my GF has to focus on is enforcing the command, working with the dog and all other handling skills. She missed out on some of the training techniques but is still learning some of it by enforcing the dog or teaching the dog how to work with her. I'm not gonna lie, my GF is already a 100 times better handler than me and I have been at a year longer than her.
So that's my experience. What's yours and what do you think the best way is?