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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-23-2017, 01:57 PM
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The best thing to do would be to try and find run throughs somewhere so you can see if you know all the signs and your dog is prepared to work in that environment.

WCRL has a puppy class that is shorter, has fewer signs/exercises, and allows for reward more than their other classes (verbal reward or food reward). That's how I started my boy and it was great for him. Luring or carrying food in your had is an NQ but you can give a small treat after the completion of a stationary exercise. I think in puppy they even allow you to give food rewards between exercises.
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-23-2017, 02:11 PM
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If Maggie is AKC you will need that number to enter her. And entries are usually three weeks in advance. If she doesn't have an AKC number you will have to get an ILP number for her. If you go to an Obedience Match you shouldn't need numbers. Obedience matches are the best way to start out. You can see where you need to work more and are less expensive. Depending on how old she is, watch having her do jumps. You don't want a puppy or very young dog doing jumps.
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you might find practice events called run through's, show n go, or fun matches. I highly recommend them. We completely bombed our first run thru...but ended on a good note and managed to do okay in our first trial.

I am planning to try beginner novice with my boy. There is a trial in May, but that same kennel club is doing show n go's in March and April. I am going to take him to the March one and see how he does. If he does ok and there is still room in the trial I will enter him. If he isn't ready or the trial fills then I will try again over the summer.
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If Maggie is AKC you will need that number to enter her. And entries are usually three weeks in advance. If she doesn't have an AKC number you will have to get an ILP number for her. If you go to an Obedience Match you shouldn't need numbers. Obedience matches are the best way to start out. You can see where you need to work more and are less expensive. Depending on how old she is, watch having her do jumps. You don't want a puppy or very young dog doing jumps.
My dog has trialed in obedience and you do need either an AKC or ILP/PAL number.
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