I've only had him 4 days. I've really only been seeing what he did know, which is not much, and working on letting him get used to me. I suspect any Out is going to be tricky with him because he doesn't seem to have any concept of what he's supposed to be doing with me. And he gets wound up easily. He does seem to trust me, for lack of a better term, but I suppose that's because he has no other options at this point. Any "training" has been as if he was a young puppy, using food (since toys are a bit of a problem right now) rewards simply for looking to me, sitting, coming back to me, etc.
I will work on Out this week...I guess I just wasn't really sure what order I should be introducing these things to a dog his age. I was used to working with Tucker fresh out of his crate, but today I did let Tucker and him play and romp first to attempt to wind him down some. It accomplished nothing of the sort
As far as exercise, he's getting free time in a play yard several hours a day (including rough play with his new brother), plus 4 short training sessions (about 20 minutes or so). We also took a 30 hike around the farm. I'd intended to go much longer but his manners are so bad it became miserable. Once I can get him playing with toys the right way, I'll spend more time training with those to help get more energy out but I need to get a few basics under his belt first. Yesterday I kept him on a long line and just wound him back in with the ball but it still took alot to get him to release it.
I didn't think I would be so lost, since training Tucker has gone really well for the most part. But I'm second-guessing everything. Should I go ahead and take him out to socialize him (NOT to actually meet people, just to see people, sights, etc.)? He's small so handling him isn't a problem, but I can see him being quite a brat in public. I know many Schutzhund people don't place alot of importance on these things, but my dogs are first and foremost my companions.
On a good note, it is fun to work with a dog who is so "on" all of the time. As Tucker has gotten closer to being a real adult dog, and not having been worked as much (he cut his paw earlier in the spring and we spend 6 weeks getting him healed), he has gotten a little less responsive. I thought I'd learned to be quick with Tucker (I have the scars to bear witness to my mistakes), but this new one is so much faster. He nailed me today playing tug so lesson learned.
He has been staying at my kennel as he is nowhere near ready to be introduced into my home with my geriatric dog and 2 cats. He is great with Tucker, however. We will be moving into the house on the farm where my kennel is shortly and then I will start acclimating him to house-living if all goes well.