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Leyna got tired...need advice

We had our first day at the club today. Leyna did amazing during her tracking portion this morning. She picked it up quickly and did about a 50 ft track. This afternoon, she did ok during her obedience portion but was more interested in trying to eat rocks. She did do well with her balance though and got compliments on her sit. However, by the time we got to bite work, she had no interest anymore. What can I do to assist this? Is it just her age?

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We had our first day at the club today. Leyna did amazing during her tracking portion this morning. She picked it up quickly and did about a 50 ft track. This afternoon, she did ok during her obedience portion but was more interested in trying to eat rocks. She did do well with her balance though and got compliments on her sit. However, by the time we got to bite work, she had no interest anymore. What can I do to assist this? Is it just her age?
Are you sure it was fatigue? What did the helper or TD say about her behavior?

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The helper and trainer said I need to work with her on her prey drive more. But at home, she is through the roof and chases everything, rags, balls, ropes. She is 11 1/2 weeks. I know she is young, but I don't want her to start bad habits.

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The helper and trainer said I need to work with her on her prey drive more. But at home, she is through the roof and chases everything, rags, balls, ropes. She is 11 1/2 weeks. I know she is young, but I don't want her to start bad habits.
A 50 ft. track, an obedience session, then a protection session is the equivalent of a full trial for her. She'll pick it all up eventually, but at 11 1/2 weeks it would be possible to overload her and cause her to shut down. Tracking is a lot of mental work, then she had an obedience lesson, so by the time protection came around she was probably worn out.

I'm going to go out on a limb here, as I have not seen your dog work. Until she is about six months of age, just train her in one phase per day. Track her one day, then the next day play obedience with her, then the next day play chase and catch games with a toy to simulate the protection phase. Be sure that the helper and trainer don't put too much pressure on her, too early in her training.

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Through the week, I am doing obedience daily, at least 15 minute sessions. We are working on heeling during our daily walks. We play chase, tug, etc., constantly. It's her favorite game and she wants to play like that non stop. It really suprised me today that she didn't want to play tug today and wasn't very interested in rag work. She ALWAYS goes after the rag. I will probably only do tracking once or twice a week right now.

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Sounds like she's got a busy life with a great person.

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I just don't get why she wouldn't do the bite work today. We do it constantly. Could it just be her age? Or because it was a new place?

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The helper and trainer said I need to work with her on her prey drive more. But at home, she is through the roof and chases everything, rags, balls, ropes. She is 11 1/2 weeks. I know she is young, but I don't want her to start bad habits.
If it were my puppy.. I'd let her be a puppy and have fun with her.. I certainly wouldn't expect too much out of her.. Puppies fizzle quickly.. Nor would I expect her to have the stamina or drive of an adult dog..

Bad habits could be you expecting way to much out of a baby.. pushing her before she is really ready or making her do things her body isn't capable of yet..

Let her grow up some.. The sport isn't going any where..

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Based on your sig, she is not yet 3 months old?


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