Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Westchester county, NY
When do you know you are ready?
So I am thinking about entering Dante for his IPO 1 the first weekend of June. I am not sure we are 100% ready and not sure we ever will be. There isn’t much in the way of practice trials to enter for schutzhund, he is my first schutzhund dog and a real challenge at that. I am not going to put tons of pressure on him leading up to the event, just keep training as we are, and hope for the best. He just turned two April 8th and is not what one would call a “sporty” dog. I have found the best training method is just be patient but not let him get out of doing something. He has great drives but will still decide when and if he is going to listen and like a lot of males has a sense of humor when it comes to training. When he is on, he is amazing and when he is off, he doesn’t know what “sit” means.
I am eager to get on the trail field, not so much for the title, but for the experience. How do you know you are ready though? Tracking is by far the best area… I think that just comes down to genetics and early imprinting. Protection is strong, but being young can get overly enthusiastic depending on how much pressure the decoy lays on him… he LOVES a good fight. Obedience is our big gamble… he can be perfect, or a happy goofball who has never had a single training session. So when do you decide to step on the field? If they are correct 98% of the time? Or 75%? Is it bad to do a trial with the mindset it is a learning exercise?
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