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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Re: how to prepare for an evaluation?
You can use English commands in Schutzhund, so no worries there.
The evaluation will not be so much about what Jiva already knows, but more to see if she would be a good candidate for protection work. They will want to see her confidence in a new place, interacting with new people she has never met before. They will play with her with a tug or rag to see how much prey drive she has.
There is no "set" evaluation, and each trainer will do things their own way, but an experienced trainer/helper can tell loads about a dog just by watching it walk onto the field for the first time in her life.
If you are interested in Schutzhund, the main thing you can do is always use positives for training. Will she work for a ball or tug? Build her confidence and her enthusiasm for obedience by using a ball or tug reward. At this beginning stage, you don't need to be concerned about high-precision in obedience, but want to have a happy, animated, excited dog that WANTS to work with you and work FOR you!
So really, to get ready, just have FUN! Go new places, meet new people, get your well-behaved puppy amped up and excited for playing new games with you!
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