|09-12-2013 02:18 PM|
First time he just didn't know what was going on I guess- more interested in the other dogs, the smells in the grass- he was 5 months old. I said I swear you probably hear this all the time but he's nothing like this at home lol! I knew him and knew that wasn't him and that maybe he just needed a time or two. Also helped that after a couple session I started using the ball as reward, b/c even with high food drive the environment was trumping it, but ball trumped the environment and didn't take him long at all the care about only me and the training we were doing.
You'll do just great- no worries!
|09-11-2013 06:28 PM|
|erfunhouse||What did you do differently that made him engage the second time? Was the first just an "off" day? I worked last night, slept this morning/afternoon...so poor Sabo didn't get his park time or hike time this morning and is BRIMMING with energy, I'm kind of hoping that means he's more ready to play tomorrow morning. NERVOUS!!!!|
|09-11-2013 11:38 AM|
|natalie559||We are always harder on ourselves than others are. No one was born knowing how to train or do dog sports. We all start by learning and as long as you aren't an idiot people will appreciate your willingness to learn. Listen and implement. When I started I went wanting to learn more about obedience, had never done bite work- didn't know if it was right for me or my dog. Tried it loved it he's great at it so we continue! Def more about training me vs the dog many times and that's ok! Our first evaluation Blaze was not engaged at all. Second time he was a different dog. You try and continue if it's right stop if it's not. You'll never know if you don't try.|
|09-11-2013 09:14 AM|
We're doing both at the moment - Schutzhund and Agility.
My dog is 7 month old and we started with obedience and Schutzhund. Never 1-2 hours, more like 10 minutes obedience, short rest and 10 minutes bite work afterwards (then came the whole teething period and we did tracking and obedience only). Tracking I did mostly at home.
We started Agility last week, it was also about 10/15 minutes in the beginning.
Just go and have fun!
And if it really comes down to him not having "the temperament" for Schutzhund, well, there are so many other things you can do!
|09-11-2013 12:03 AM|
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|09-10-2013 07:19 PM|
Your dog is either a bag of nerves, or he isn't. You won't be 'creating it'. The evaluation will tell you if he has it to start, if he does, just have fun! It is an adventure and a learning experience for both of you - even if he doesn't cut if for protection, you can do tracking and Obedience, and watch other dogs doing protection and get a great education about nerves, aggression, and control.
I started with my shelter mutt! She didn't have the drives, the stamina, or the natural aggression that a good working dog has, but she had enough for us to learn together and have fun. Our club helper at the time felt that she would title, but for a number of reasons I never pursued it.
If I were to do it all over again, I would. It was fun to be part of a club, to be involved, and even if not a SchH1, we did do a BH, and try and fail and try and succeed in tracking and obedience.
Just take one little step at a time, go for the eval. Experienced trainers will look for confidence and prey drive in a young prospect - much can be built on that.
|09-10-2013 07:15 PM|
Thanks guys! To be clear- we dont train 1-2 hours a day period right now! LOL! We play and goof off outside in intervals for a total of 1-2 hours. In that play we tug with ropes, throw balls, and certain commands are interspersed like "wait" "sit" "Down" "get it"...stuff like that. formal "training" work is about 3-10 minutes depending on his focus and my energy levels. He knows when I'm running through the motions and will get easily distracted if I'm not totally into what we are doing!
Thank you all so much!
|09-10-2013 07:13 PM|
|Redrider469||I think as long as you have Sabo's best interests in mind(sounds like you do) you cannot go wrong. It sounds like you spend a lot of time with him and I think based on the quality of time spent together, he will be all of the things you want him to be.|
|09-10-2013 07:09 PM|
Go and have fun!!! If your dog doesn't love it, you don't have to do it. I don't train an hour a day. When I am prepping to trial it's maybe 10-15 mins twice a day. Tracking 3-4 times a week and protection about 2 times a week. With my puppy, it's two 5-10 min obedience sessions a day and lots of play, exposure and life things.
Be careful, it's addictive and you will end up with more dogs, a minivan, and thousands of dollars worth of gear before you know it! :-)
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|09-10-2013 07:01 PM|
I never train 1-2 hours a day at home. I may track one day, do a 10 minute obedience session(working on whatever we need to work on, be it retrieves send out, go arounds or focus heeling) and try to keep it fun.
I do train every Saturday with my club(all three phases) and Sundays and Tues I go to another field for obedience and protection. My club doesn't have an actual trial field so I need my dog to see this picture/run blinds, etc.
I also train once a week with another private obedience instructor for whatever I'm working on. I follow one program, take it all three places. I love training and because my club is so far away, once a week isn't enough....and I enjoy having someone spot me/critique me and give me some suggestions because I'm still a newb at this. So I go elsewhere for more. Every day though I do a session, short and sweet. Tonight we're going back to the basic of article indication because I want to polish up a bit of crookedness in the down.
Don't feel intimidated or inhibited when you go. Your dog will feel it down the leash big time.
Instead go in with confidence and prepare to make a fool of yourself, because your dog loves it when you act like one/it brings up their enthusiasm!
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