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Old 12-15-2012, 04:04 PM   #11 (permalink)
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How old is your dog? Have you taken any basic OB classes yet?
16 months. And no. Hes pretty obedient (besides his SA) but I am taking him to a trainer for some recall and extra socialization.
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:10 PM   #12 (permalink)
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No matter what sport you do, you'll need a certain amount of basic OB as a prerequisite. Even if he's pretty obedient I'd start with a basic class to test his obedience in a new environment around other people and dogs.

How much socialization (and what kind) has he gotten so far? Is this a private trainer, and if so - has he been worked around other dogs or is it just you and the trainer?
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:46 PM   #13 (permalink)
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He hasn't been worked around other dogs yet. We have worked on focus and recall. My dog hasn't had as much socialization as me needs due to some lacking on my part and that's my fault. But I'm working on it now. I thought about a OB class but I was worried about there being too many dogs there for him right now. He's kind of funny about other dogs sometimes. He's okay with some..some he will always make his presence known.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:55 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Start with a strong base in obedience. Then look at what is available in your area and sign up. Go out there and try it. Go with what you and Gus enjoy the most.

This is what we are doing Working on obedience while we wait for Nita to grow.

One of our facilities has a discovery class that is an intro to several different sports. We will probably take that later to see what she wants to do.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:50 PM   #15 (permalink)
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The biggest thing is Recall training before you try something new. To find places to train, look to see if there are any kind of dog shows/trials in your area. Then go and start asking people. (After they are finished exhibiting.)

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Old 12-17-2012, 06:48 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I would just try everything! There's no way to know unless you try. I've found that agility is easier if you have some obedience on the dog first. With flyball it's not as necessary (at least, our club starts dogs at 12 weeks).
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