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Old 11-16-2012, 07:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Title says it all...I have a three month old GSD... he has had no training yet.. I want it done right from day one.
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What are you training him for? A particular sport or activity, or just basic obedience and manners?
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What are you training him for? A particular sport or activity, or just basic obedience and manners?
Obedience and manners leading to show performance as well as search and rescue and protection.. if I say "down" I want him to drop in his tracks instantly, no matter how far away he is or what he is doing. Sky is the limit.
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That's a pretty broad range! SAR, and protection would be two completely separate things, with different trainers. Conformation training would be different too - are you talking about SV or AKC? Basic OB training would cover the type of response you describe.

It might be helpful to prioritize your goals, because the training you start now will really depend on what that ultimate goal is.
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That's a pretty broad range! SAR, and protection would be two completely separate things, with different trainers. Conformation training would be different too - are you talking about SV or AKC? Basic OB training would cover the type of response you describe.

It might be helpful to prioritize your goals, because the training you start now will really depend on what that ultimate goal is.
Well,, I know getting it right in the end depends greatly on starting right... protection is at the top of my list of priorities,, search and rescue just sounds like tons of fun to learn,, I know I want to compete with him at some level.. I have no idea what area would be his greatest strength and potential.. I am annoyingly new to all this.. I am 100% open to suggestions.
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If you want to do anything protection-oriented, a good first step is to contact a Schutzhund club. I personally have heard the most good things about Lone Star Schutzhund cub in Hutto, but there are also Austin and Central Texas Schutzhund clubs. For generalized pet manners, obedience, agility, etc I really do love DogBoys in Pflugerville. Hope that helps.
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If you want to do anything protection-oriented, a good first step is to contact a Schutzhund club. I personally have heard the most good things about Lone Star Schutzhund cub in Hutto, but there are also Austin and Central Texas Schutzhund clubs. For generalized pet manners, obedience, agility, etc I really do love DogBoys in Pflugerville. Hope that helps.
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if I have a true WGSD, which I believe I do,,, the breeder classified him as a show dog with working potential,,, what are my options for competition?
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You mean you have a West German Show Line? Your options are anything you and your dog are capable of. If he is SV (German) registered you won't be able to compete in some AKC events unless you get him AKC registered, but the only limit is yours and your dog's capabilities and your time, patience, and fincances.
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