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Any tips or techniques on track training for starting puppies? Also when did you start serious schutzhund training?
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Any tips or techniques on track training for starting puppies? Also when did you start serious schutzhund training?
I would find a club and get started as early as possible.
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The earlier the better. There are 5 month old pups in our class (a whole litter!) I just started mine and she is a little over 1 and is doing well, TrickyShepherd rescued a 2 year old male and just started him and he is doing well also. I WISH I had taken her to this training when she was a pup!

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There are a lot of ways to start tracking. Personally, I use a small semi-circle to begin. The best idea would be to get with a club and follow their advice and instuction.

For me, I prefer to wait until the dog is a bit older, approaching 1 year old to begin protection.

Obedience can, of course, begin earlier but one must always take care to remember the age of the dog.


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We wait.... Focus just on socialization, travel, travel overnight, etc....


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I would start with a club or a trainer as soon as you can. I wish I could have with Duke. Unfortunately, I didn't get him until he was 2 years old... so we started late. Which.. instead of training and moving to the next step... we have to fix, retrain, and practice practice practice!

I don't have too many tips since I'm still very new to it all as well. But, I will say some things I've experienced so far... it's nothing to just do "every once in a while". It's a commitment. A lot of money, travel, a lot of things that you need to start and more things that you will need as time goes on (the list never ends), I train once a week and couldn't see ever training less then that. Once a week isn't enough in my opinion. Hopefully, once I get this job thing figured out I can go to 2 days a week. You'll want to find a good trainer.... it's something that I can see going VERY wrong if not with someone who knows what they are doing. And basically... Just have fun... It's addictive, so be prepared to be hooked!!

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Thanks for the advice! I have a friend that went to college for protection and trained dogs for schutzhund and he is going to help me soon! Also I am going to the closest club very very soon.
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went to college for protection??

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For training k-9 police dog work
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That is different than SchH. If your friend has done SchH and knows the differences then go for it!
I would get with a good club where others can help you learn about the sport and the different phases. Even if you don't actively work your puppy, going to observe and learn is very important. Working with just one person will not allow you to see the different techniques and there are many....one way won't work for every pup and learning there are many tools in the toolbox is valuable. But consistency is important too.
Your pup doesn't even need to start in protection until more mature, and rushing can be harmful.
Most police K9 trainers use methods to push the dog, because they don't have the time to set proper foundation. They usually start with dogs that are over a year as well.

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