Join Date: May 2012
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
Cuervo is almost 7 months old. I didn't really start any formal obedience until he was 6 months - we did a lot of engagement/play, obedience without it being obedience until then and worked on building a strong recall.
Right now we've tackled focus, sitz, platz, started heeling foundation (rear end awareness, walking with his head up etc) and the hold for dumbbells. All of this is good at home so I'm now building in distractions and increasing the duration (seperately).
I spentd about 15 minutes twice day doing formal obedience but ask for obedience during play and using whatever I can for learning opportunities. We don't do any tracking because of all the ice/snow and I'm not the biggest fan of the cold.
Sometimes I feel like I'm far behind and had a slight panic attack at a working weekend recently when a 12 week old puppy showed me up but everyone and every dog works a different pace and there's a million different approaches to training a puppy. My breeder was also there and said that we are doing good together, I really respect his opinion so I'll keep on keeping on.
Best of luck!
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, BH 07/01/2013