|10-10-2013 07:50 PM|
I've been taking things very slowly. I have a nasty habit of putting too much pressure on myself to achieve things right away but with my current puppy (4 1/2 months old) I think we're managing to have fun training.
I enjoy training my dogs and want to enter my first obedience trial next year with my GSD. We are taking puppy class right now and I will hopefully start an obedience class later this month. Sometimes I panic and think I am going way too slow but then I remind me that she's only 4 months old and that we have a lot of time ahead of us. She's not even allowed to trial until 9 months old.
|10-10-2013 07:44 PM|
|llombardo||Oh and let's not forget...don't eat that poo as I'm running with the scooper.|
|10-10-2013 07:40 PM|
|llombardo||I think mine all behave nicely with moments. Training in my house will never end. This what my poor neighbors hear daily...no, leave it, drop it, bring it, get your ball, don't eat the puppy's head, don't make me chase you, get in this house, yes I'm sure they love us|
|10-10-2013 07:39 PM|
|selzer||I "took one for the club" a few times, LOL! Usually, its with CGCs with dogs that aren't ready. (Sometimes, I even pass, which is really scary.) My friend took a 4 month old pup that never left the kennel and it passed the CGC test. It had to do the stay twice though. Still, only a few of us knew the pup had 0 training, LOL.|
|10-10-2013 07:27 PM|
|Dainerra||Sue, we had actually just entered because it's our local kennel club and I was working as a ring steward anyway. We figured that it wouldn't hurt to get him used to the show environment and noise. He scraped a qualifying score on the first two days. The third day is still a running joke in the club lol|
|10-10-2013 03:05 PM|
I got a few CGCs at eight months. I think my earliest RN was at just under a year old, and most of them were a year or a year and a half. Rolling on the back like an alligator -- priceless!
Usually, I will take puppies to puppy classes at 10-12 weeks, but we only do the stuff for the hour during class and the class is designed for puppies who have the attention span of fleas.
By the time we are done with that class the dog is 4-5 months old. We go to basic classes generally, and again, we only work for that one hour a week. At home, they learn to do what they need to do, kennel up, stay off the counters, go where I want them to do, take treats nicely, but there is really no obedience training going on.
Sometimes I repeat basic. I know that if I would just work with the pup, we would be ready to move on, and the instructor doesn't hold us back, but sometimes, I want to spend another couple of weeks on the basics. So the pup is now 6 to 7 months old, going through basic again -- like Karma. She can sit. Her stay is a little unsteady. Her down, well she knows the mechanics and each week she gets better at all of it, including heel. But again, outings with me during the week, we don't do obedience at all. We may play at the park, see the kids, have a play date with one of her elder brothers at his house, but we do not work on any obedience save that one day a week during class.
I about lost my cookies one day when I heard some woman say after my dog completed a complicated manoever, "we can tell who works with their dog." I mean, generally, I would have taken that like, "yeah, I really should be practicing during the week with her." But she was serious. My dog was doing great, and she was a little jealous. If only they knew how little I do when it comes to obedience training.
After I feel the dog is ready to be done with basic, I take the CGC test, or I go to CGC classes and then take the test. At this point the dog is usually ready for a novice RN title if you are not really trying to get first place.
Joy was born July 26th, (about four years ago) and I knew I was going to keep her, so I started her in STAR puppy classes at 10 weeks old.
10/15 -- 11/30 Star Puppy.
12/7 -- 1/21 Star puppy again. (It was offered, and I had another dog in basic)
2/1 - 3/15 Basic Obedience.
4/1 - 5/15 Puppy Agility (I thought she could use the self-confidence.)
6/0 - 7/15 Basic Obedience.
7/15 - 8/30 CGC
9/15 - 10/7 Conformation
10/15 - 11/30 Rally
12/13 - 12-15 -- Rally show at IX center RN, scores 92, 94, 93 -- two different judges. We did not place, but we qualified every day, got a decent score, same as her litter sister who was placed with a person who trains her dogs for obedience titles.
She is very well behaved, easy in any situation, and loves to go out and do anything, training, show, park, play-date. Other than a single class to fill in for someone else, she hasn't been back to classes since she was 1.5 years old. But if I take her out, she remembers it all. I think going slow, and just keeping it light and fun works for me.
That isn't the path most people would take. Just working with the dog once a week like that, starting young, but not overwhelming the dog or boring the dog, or pushing the dog.
I see other people in classes, who claim to be working with the dog all week long that seem to really struggle with their dogs. I wonder if they really aren't working with the dog, or if they are trying too hard, doing too much with the dog.
I have placed in rally about half of the times I qualified. So I can do that too. I guess I feel like the turtle and the hare in threads like this. I just mosey along with my dogs, and when the finish line looms ahead, we mosey on through it, and who cares where that hare is anyway.
|10-09-2013 08:42 PM|
at just over 7 months, Singe entered his first Rally trial. He earned 2 legs toward his Novice title. The 3rd day, he played tug with his leash in the ring. Growled and rolled on his back like an alligator. Basically, he had a blast, mortified me, and had the whole crowd roaring with laughter.
My point is, no matter how well-trained they ARE that doesn't mean that they will act like it. One step forward, 2 steps back is the nature of the beast at this age.
|10-09-2013 08:10 PM|
Our 10 week old pup Benson loves learning and will do anything for food, so far he knows: sit, down, bow, paw, other paw, high five, stand (to jump from the sitting position), legs (to stand normally, because i stupidly taught him stand first lol), round in a circle (both ways round), bed, come, wait, slowly (when he runs and I'm doing the come training), bed, leave it (occasionally), touch, and currently trying to teach him roll over and crawl but they are seeming trickier to teach at the moment! So proud of our little fluff ball! of course we haven't done any of this outside with distractions, so it will be fun to see how it goes when he's allowed outside!
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|10-09-2013 07:09 PM|
i honestly was just curious how much of a slacker i was compared to everyone else. its good to know most here are slackers too. i was told to just have fun with the pup and bond and socialize until its closer to a year old to begin real obeidence. i guess putting too much pressure on a pup does more harm than good.
|10-09-2013 05:57 PM|
I'm with Selzer, Shade and Doggiedad on this one.
It depends on what you're wanting to do with the dog, sport(s) or otherwise. Some people jump right in with a lot of commands, others go slower.
My first priority is meeting all of the pup's basic needs and bonding.
It is a baby and getting used to me, my home and routine.
I start mine off with basic manners (a must!) and if I see more potential, I'll train more/harder.
I do like to see what a pup's true personality/spirit is like first, then go from there.
Everyone does it differently.
I don't do 'cookie cutter' training either since all of my dogs have been different.
Some have required a more gentle approach while others a stronger one.
I'm not one to expect my dog to be doing something another person might be doing, by a certain age.
I'm not in a race or out to prove anything.
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