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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-17-2016, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Pace Of Training

I've been wondering if there is a recommended/expected pace at which I should be training Axl? By pace I mean the amount of commands that I should be introducing at one time.

I've been working with him for a month and have been focused on sit/stay, down/stay, short distance recall (15 ft on leash), staying at open doors, and loose leash walking (on prong). He's coming along very well with all of these.

I currently do not plan on introducing anything new until he has a 15 minute sit/down stay with low level distractions for 15 minutes without breaking command (his best is currently at 8 mins). After he reaches this goal, I plan on introducing heel and place.

I guess my concern is that I'm not challenging him enough and am boring him. I do mix training locations up, inside, outside and with different types of distractions. I also have my wife and step daughter work though commands with him as well.

Should I be introducing more commands at a time, or do you think my current pace is ok?
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It depends on what you are training him for? You can certainly introduce fun things. Teaching Place will help your long stay. In fact, at 15 minutes which is a crazy long time, I would want to do that by teaching Place. Start heeling now. Lure, reward, make it a game. There is no reason to wait on anything unless their bodies aren't ready for it (like jumping before a certain age)




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I do not intend to train him for IPO or any type of sport, at least not formally. I just want him to become a well balanced, obedient and polite companion dog.

His personality just fits these goals perfectly. I do not know his lineage, because we did not receive any papers on him. I do know he is not a working line type GS. His personality and drive definitely indicate that he is a "pet quality" GSD, and that's a perfect fit for us.

However, being a "pet quality" GSD does not mean that he has no drive or desire to work, because he definitely does. That's why I want to make sure I develop a training plan that is challenging for him, without imposing unrealistic expectations of him. (Does that make sense?)
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Yup!

Nosework looks like a ton of fun and will keep him challenged. Agility is a blast. Wish I had time for them along with IPO!

Train pieces, string the together, make if fun. No need to wait to train something. The pieces will all come together when you are ready to.




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