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06-24-2014 01:57 PM
Castlemaid That sounds great! Hard to find a club within driving distance of anywhere. Just a bit of patience, and I promise you you won't be falling behind because you waited a month.
06-23-2014 08:47 AM
FritskaVO I was doing a google search and they're Facebook page popped up and some other sites had key words a out them. They do not show up on the official Schutzhund club site though. I did get to speak to a club down in nashville which will be a out 45 mins from me when I move and they sound very promising and im really looking forward to meeting them.
06-21-2014 08:47 PM
onyx'girl Keep on trying(it may have gone to their spam folder), how did you find out about this club?
06-21-2014 01:33 PM
FritskaVO I greatly appreciate the tips its really helping. Her dad is Schutzhund 3 and mom is Schutzhund 2. Her whole blood line has been titled are all directly from Germany. She has it in her I just wanst sure what to do. Like you said about the sits she does the same when I tell her sit sits facing the person. I thought the heel command gets then to sit next to you than from there you walk. Ill definitely hold off for now and just play and build her prey drive with the flirt. I really don't want to screw up and teach her wrong. There's a club not to far from me but I can't get a response from them and they have no contact number which is disappointing.
06-21-2014 01:08 PM
Castlemaid I second what Chris said - you are actually better off not doing anything at all then starting off with the wrong foundation work because you had no help or guidance.

In IPO, pup need to be at least 15 months before they can even do a BH, so there is no urgency to get everything down now. I didn't get Gryffon until he was 6 months old, and he had zero formal OB training until I got him. Had picked up some nice house manners, like sitting for a treat, but even that was something I had to work to undo - i.e. he had been sitting facing the person giving the treat - nothing wrong with that, right? Except it was very hard to teach him to do sits in the basic position at my side - no matter what position he was in, a "Sit" command would have him swing out and face me before sitting. In his mind "Sit" meant FACE the person and sit - it took a lot of work to re-teach a proper IPO sit in the heel position. Yet, even with NO formal obedience and not even a basic position imprinted, he passed his BH a week shy of his 16th month B-day with flying colors - those first six months of no training did not hurt him at all.

The most important thing you can work on right now is engagement and focus on you even with distractions. Start with a few seconds and work your way up, and be patient until you move.

Heck, if your pup has the genetics for IPO, she'll still have a month from now, and being a bit older will have a bit more of an attention span making it easier to work with her then.
06-21-2014 12:42 PM
FritskaVO I definitely always make sure that I play with her everyday. I just get this feeling that if I dont do any obedience training im wasting valuable time. Just like kids they're sponges when they are small so the biggest impressions and learning is done at this age. Even if I never get to have her titled I would love to be able to have her very well trained in obedience.
06-20-2014 10:42 PM
simba405 You can play with the dog. Throw a ball. Play tug. Use a flirt pole. Chase it around.


Honestly at that age the most important thing is engagement. Make the dog think you're fun. Commands aren't a big deal yet.
06-20-2014 08:09 PM
FritskaVO I understand, its one of those things where Its hard not to do anything.
06-20-2014 07:39 PM
Chris Wild If you plan to move in a month and there will be a club where you are moving, I would reach out to them. In the meantime, while it may seem like unusual advice, I would probably lay off working on obedience until you can get instruction from a club and focus on socialization and some basic manners. If you intend to do competitive training of any type, be it SchH or AKC, there are right and wrong ways to do things as simple as "sit". And it is much easier to teach it correctly from the start than to try to change it after the dog has habituated a particular way of doing it. So in other words, no training is better than bad training. If you just want to dabble in activities and have a well trained pet, than how it sits doesn't matter so long as it does sit when told to do so. In competitive sports, the how matters, so if that is your goal wait until you can get guidance from experienced people. Especially if it's only a month away.
06-20-2014 07:35 PM
FritskaVO Thx I appreciate the help. Whats killing me is that im moving to a different state next month and so far the closest club is about 45 mins away. Ive emailed both and havent received any response. Im going to end up having to call them and hopefully get more info. She loves when we train I use the treat method and shes very focused. As far as the "fuss" im having a hard time figuring out how to go about to get her to come and sit by my side. I get how to train for the position when walking. Also she actually started to get the understanding of "oust" when we play tug or,ball she'll release the toy when I keep my hand still and at times ill have to repeat the command but she gets immediate praise and play when she releases. She also kind of retrieves ill throw a ball or toy and give the command to "brring" she'll come back with the toy but right when she gets close she turns away. For me to not grab it. I just dont want to stay stagnant and not do any training for a while till we get to a club.
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