Re: Sch With Rescue Dogs and CNY Clubs
I did SchH with my rescue pup! We started him at 6 months, he was a little hesitant at first, but once he understood the idea behind the puppy rag he loved it! I did all the same exercises as you - two ball fetch, toy as a reward, tug - and I think they helped a lot with training.
At one point I had high hopes of titles, but now it's really just for fun. Not that I'm dismissing the idea of titling, but it's just not in the stars right now. The lack of titles sits solely on my shoulders.
If nothing else, it GREATLY improved our bond, and it was extremely helpful to have a trainer who was experienced with GSDs and working breeds to help me with my obedience. Also, it's great to be able to network with trainers that you trust and like the training methods of. I didn't really distinguish any difference in treatment between my rescue pup and other dogs with solid pedigrees, even though the TD had his own breeding program, which I really appreciated. In fact, the TD took me under his wing and gave me extra help when I needed it!
Almost forgot...when I was training in SchH I also got to dabble in helper work, which I absolutely LOVED, so another plus that came out of doing SchH with my pup.