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What do you train first on SchH puppy?

I'm sure this varies, but what are some of the first things you train your pup to do when first starting out on training for SchH?
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I teach eye contact first.
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focus and tracking.

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Formally, tracking is where I started. Informally, focus. Taking walks and lots of praise and treats when he happens to give me eye contact or fall into the right position. It's all shaping when they are babies.


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Focus I have been working on since day one....Tracking, I'm having problems getting interested in it....It doesn't appeal too me. I better start learning to like it.
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What about tracking doesn't appeal to you? I think either you love it or hate it! lol But it is one of the phases so best to get scent boxes started and maybe your dog will love it, so you'll be more enthused to do it.
I teach the same, focus, engagement and scentpads. Personally I love tracking, but my dog is bored by the IPO style of it. With all the tracking time off we've had due to deep snow, I hope he'll come out with deep nose and focus to track.

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What about tracking doesn't appeal to you? I think either you love it or hate it! lol But it is one of the phases so best to get scent boxes started and maybe your dog will love it, so you'll be more enthused to do it.
I teach the same, focus, engagement and scentpads. Personally I love tracking, but my dog is bored by the IPO style of it. With all the tracking time off we've had due to deep snow, I hope he'll come out with deep nose and focus to track.
I haven't really worked him much in tracking...Nothing formal. I've had him do a few things in the house....He loves using his nose. I think I will maybe like it once I get it going....I hope so anyways... Lol....
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Do you build your own scent boxes or buy them? I need to research tracking a lot more....I always skipped it or whizzed through that portion?..
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Do you build your own scent boxes or buy them? I need to research tracking a lot more....I always skipped it or whizzed through that portion?..

Scent boxes are not built. They are layed. A scent box is you, stomping the ground to a pulp in a 3x3 box and then lacing it with treats. The pup goes up, and finds the treats. He learns that when he outside of the "scent box" there are no rewards. He learns to associate the scent with reward.


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Scent boxes are not built. They are layed. A scent box is you, stomping the ground to a pulp in a 3x3 box and then lacing it with treats. The pup goes up, and finds the treats. He learns that when he outside of the "scent box" there are no rewards. He learns to associate the scent with reward.


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Sorry....I had a stupid moment. The guy I'm working with has shown me this several times....I was thinking "scent box" as in drug detection type nose work...1+1=3 for me sometimes....haha
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