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03-12-2014 03:33 PM
Curtis Well we had our first session with the new trainer today. I like him a lot. He is a Schutzhund trainer and I have a lot of work to do.

I was given a few hard corrections today (Empire received nothing but treats). After lunch I'm going to snuggle and take a nap with Empire and then see if I can't remember how to "fuss".

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03-09-2014 04:44 PM
Curtis
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Well, handler error!! Take the football!!!! And yes you need a treat pouch. One big enough to hold the deflatted football as well as treats...
The football is coming :-)

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03-08-2014 09:14 PM
middleofnowhere
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I'll try hotdogs. His favorite toy, besides the flirt pole, is an old flat football that we play tug with. I use this football at home for training because it holds his attention. He will "stay" longer and "come" from clear across the yard. That's how he got good at recall.

I ordered a couple of French linen tugs, but they haven't come in yet.

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Well, handler error!! Take the football!!!! And yes you need a treat pouch. One big enough to hold the deflatted football as well as treats...
03-08-2014 06:42 PM
Zeeva
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We visited a new trainer today. I'll finish the class we are in, but will try the new guy also.

There were only German Shepherds there and he trains you one on one. Then they meet up on the weekends and take turns working each dog.

At first, my dog went to carrying on, but the trainer fitted him with a prong and gave me a lesson on how to use it. We were immediately walking loosely. Then he settled down, sat by my chair and watched the other dogs work like he was watching a movie.

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When properly used, IMO, a prong has been the most beneficial tool for us. For loose leash walking and for control. I've even used it to desensitize Zeeva to clipping her nails (not recommended by most people) but for us it worked...

Good luck with the training! Kudos to you and your pup C: May both of you grow together and build a solid bond!!! Yay!
03-08-2014 06:37 PM
Curtis We visited a new trainer today. I'll finish the class we are in, but will try the new guy also.

There were only German Shepherds there and he trains you one on one. Then they meet up on the weekends and take turns working each dog.

At first, my dog went to carrying on, but the trainer fitted him with a prong and gave me a lesson on how to use it. We were immediately walking loosely. Then he settled down, sat by my chair and watched the other dogs work like he was watching a movie.

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03-06-2014 12:32 PM
Curtis
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Hopefully it was just first class jitters and he'll be less distracted next class!
Zoe gets her 3rd shots tomorrow and we will be signing up for classes. I'm struggling right now.

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He did start puppy class the same way and somewhat calm down over the weeks. But he was only 13 weeks then and very easy to handle. I think I need a treat pouch or something to free up a hand. That was also part of the problem.

Have you decided where you're going to take Zoe? Why are you struggling, is it just anticipation?

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03-06-2014 12:27 PM
Curtis
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Yeah, or maybe something like hotdog, too? They are pretty stinky

Is your dog very toy driven? Maybe try bringing a tug or a ball on a string type of thing?
I'll try hotdogs. His favorite toy, besides the flirt pole, is an old flat football that we play tug with. I use this football at home for training because it holds his attention. He will "stay" longer and "come" from clear across the yard. That's how he got good at recall.

I ordered a couple of French linen tugs, but they haven't come in yet.

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03-06-2014 10:41 AM
ZoeD1217 Hopefully it was just first class jitters and he'll be less distracted next class!
Zoe gets her 3rd shots tomorrow and we will be signing up for classes. I'm struggling right now.

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03-06-2014 10:37 AM
blackshep Yeah, or maybe something like hotdog, too? They are pretty stinky

Is your dog very toy driven? Maybe try bringing a tug or a ball on a string type of thing?
03-06-2014 10:26 AM
Curtis Maybe the next class will be better. I will definitely wear tennis shoes (but I'm all about Margaritaville)

The treats I had were baked liver. I can try chicken and steak next time.

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