Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Re: How'd you start OB with your pup?
I'm not experienced, the exact opposite! At nine weeks I taught sit, platz, wait, speak, shake/pound, kennel, rollover, spin...just the basic stuff and some stupid tricks, lol. Our TD is really big on building a relationship with the dog and building drive, so for months our "obedience" consisted of maybe reinforcing the basics a few times a week with food, but playing ball ball ball! Just in the past month it's starting to come together as more of a game/routine with actual obedience. He can heel a little ways, working on the sit and down out of motion, does an awesome front recall right into my belly, a flip finish (will probably use the around the back one but taught the flip just to have more fluid movement between having him follow me with his face on my belly while I walk backwards and then going directly to the side to heel).
With Kenya I learned that with a good dog, training the behaviors is really not that hard, but training them to be fast, precise, and flashy is key so we've focused on getting that drive and enthusiasm first. Maybe not the way I would have done it on my own (I like to do specific behaviors and see results) but I trust the TD and will stick by his method. He has trained several HOT dogs from nothing to SchH3. I think there are a lot of great methods and they all work, you just have to choose one and keep at it.