|09-25-2013 06:18 PM|
|09-25-2013 03:38 PM|
If you are interested in flyball I would encourage you to pursue it, but I would have the expectation that the team would probably rather have you learn to handle one of the team's dogs than bring a "green" dog that is not yours.
I've only been on one team so I can only say how our team works, but basically new people are invited to practice with us whenever we practice. It costs them a bit more per practice, but they also do not pay tri-monthly team dues. After the new person has attended and helped at one tournament, the team votes them on the team or not. Sometimes they have a dog entered at that point, sometimes their dog is not ready. I had one of my dogs entered at my first tournament, but the latest two people we've added to our team have younger dogs that are not ready, however they attended the tournaments and helped out the team so they were voted on the team. Once you are on the team you pay club dues every three months. We also pay a small fee per training session, but this is to cover the cost of using the facility. Lately some of us with young ("green") dogs have also been meeting once a week at someone's house so this is free. Right now our practices are not regularly scheduled but typically we practice once a week for 3 hours. Like I said, those of us with young dogs also get together once during the week for a few hours so we can get more work with our dogs under distraction and being in different places.
When new people come to a practice they can help out, not just watch. Someone has to pick up loose balls, help set jump heights, help hold dogs....these things anyone can do with no experience. There is plenty you can do right away!
|09-25-2013 09:38 AM|
|HeidiGS||Ok, thanks. I learned a lot from your post.|
|09-25-2013 12:15 AM|
I'm in my mid twenties. I'm part of a GSD club and have really taken to training my dog in obedience, rally, agility, and even conformation. I'm currently a rally instructor at my club as well because its the one sport I know pretty well and there just aren't that many people that do it at our club. I have enough experience with my dog, I see how other people handle their dogs, and I HATE...absolutely HATE handling other people's dogs. I know I can be a little heavy handed (my dog can handle it) and it always worries me if I might do the wrong thing with someone else's dog. On top of that...its extremely hard to get a good enough relationship with a dog for it to listen to you on a consistent basis. When I started training my dog in conformation...people started asking me to handle their dogs...it was not a very enjoyable experience...
I think its great that you have a goal of training the dog in flyball. But you should know that it takes many people months...if not years...to get their dog ready for a flyball trial. On top of that, most training clubs/teams charge fees, expect you to be at practices (hard to practice with only 3 of 4 dogs there), and you really have to be dedicated to it.
I think its great you're getting the chance to take care of a dog before you get your own. It will prepare you nicely for one in the future. But remember...this isn't your dog, and you really have to be very realistic with your goals. Maybe getting involved in a club will show you how much preparation does go into getting a dog ready for a trial (any sport), and you'll have a better picture of it than just seeing youtube videos. It's awesome to watch dogs do what they've been trained to do...but you never see the hours and hours of work that goes into getting that dog ready.
|09-24-2013 09:33 PM|
|HeidiGS||Yes, an adult will be with me. Thanks for sharing that.|
|09-24-2013 09:27 PM|
Heidi if you have an adult with you I would say go for it..However, if no adult is withyou,,I don't think it's a good idea..here's why, what if you came across another dog and they got into a fight, no one around to help you..it could be a diseaster(
A young girl in my neighborhood has this happen to her I was walking my shepherd, my sister her two papillons, neighborhood girl was walking another neighbors big dog, that dog put a bead on ours and decided to come after us,,the girl held on with all her might, she fell and the dog was literally dragging her,,we yelled to her to let go of the leash,,I grabbed my sisters dogs, she went and grabbed the other dog right before it got to us..The poor girl had just had knee surgery to boot, and was lucky she just got some skin scrapes...Wouldn't want this to happen to YOU..
So whenever out with a dog, make sure an adult is with you..to be safe
|09-24-2013 09:14 PM|
|HeidiGS||That would be a great option, except for the fact that he doesn't have a fenced yard. I could always use a long leash though.|
|09-24-2013 09:12 PM|
How about just playing with her in the yard? Throw a ball, get a flirt pole. Something that doesn't require her to be exposed to dogs and people. She can still get exercise at home.
Just a suggestion.
|09-24-2013 09:05 PM|
|HeidiGS||He is giving me permission and my parents will be there to help if necessary, the dog really does need the exercise. She is kept inside in a kennel all day while he's at work, when he finally does get home she is let out to potty and then brought directly back inside for an hour or so before getting kenneled for the night. I'm telling you, she needs it. It's not that he doesn't care about them, it's just that she's not getting her needs met. Hope this explained everything.|
|09-24-2013 07:34 PM|
Is this your friend, or your mom's friend?
Did he ask you to exercise his dog for him, or is this something that your mom and you think would be a good idea?
Have you discussed it with him? Does he have any ideas about where you should go with her?
And will there be an adult present?
If this dog lived with you and you raised her from puppy on up, then maybe taking her for a walk and feeling confident about her behavior and your ability to manage her in any circumstance, just maybe. That's all I can say, is maybe.
I had a bitch fight today. My sister is in her 30s and if she was present during this, she would never let any of my dogs near her kids again. It was that bad. In fact, if she was managing them, she wouldn't have been able to get them apart.
Now if everyone in the world obeyed the leash laws, and had just a tiny bit of dog owner etticate, then you wouldn't have to worry about a Yorkie owner who has her little powder puffskin on a long lead, and thinks it is oh so cute when he runs up to other dogs to say hello. And you wouldn't have to worry about a dog that goes through the e-fence his owner put up for him, just to go and attack the dog you are walking. 30 years ago kids DID walk dogs without other dogs attacking and killing them. These days, too many dogs are out there with clueless owners.
It really doesn't matter how mature you are, how are you going to manage a situation where an adult dog that you do not know all that well, either attacks another dog, or is attacked by another dog?
Someone said on the other thread, dog fights cause PTSD. It is very traumatic.
I think it is a bad idea for you to exercise someone else's GSD. And I really don't think it is a great idea for you to do flyball with it either, not until you know the dog a whole lot better. If your mother or father is not present during this training/exercising at least until they see how the dog responds to you, and reacts in a LOT of situations, then I think it can be a terrible idea.
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