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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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Training multiple dogs

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I have a 2.5 year old male, who has been training in SchH since he was 8 weeks. I made some mistakes along the way which caused training to take longer. So we will be going for IPO1 in the fall.

Training-wise, he's way past IPO1. blinds, side and back transport, call-outs, retrieves, stand (walking stand is nice, running stand I'm working on freezing instead of taking that extra step to slow down), tracking is good etc.

I am in a position to get a puppy from a breeding that will be done between two dogs that I really like. I know the parents, I know the breeders, I know the lines, and while I don't want to post details here (pregnancy didn't take yet, and I'm superstitious ) I am excited about this pup.

My question is: do you / have you done OB with two dogs at once? I.e. older dog does long down while you work the younger, then either crate or or have SO work on long down with younger while you work the older etc.

Do you have enough energy? Do you think it's a good idea at all? this might be a silly question, I know, and obviously tracking I'll do one dog at a time. My dog currently needs OB every day - I find if I wait a few days he gets hectic and sloppy and every day training doesn't get in the way of exciting him.

Obviously, first priority will be socialization but I am thinking already of ways to find enough time for both dogs so as to not neglect my older dog...

But I'm just super excited about this pup!
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I am almost always training 2 dogs....My current competition dog and the young up and coming one...However I never do obedience at the same time (with one in the long down)...It is not fair (in my opinion) for you to be calling "heir" or you throwing a ball and the dog in the down not come or go get it.....Plus you can't keep an eye on the dog in the down to make sure he is not shifting crawling or what ever....Just my opinion, I don't do it...I train one and then put him away and the train the other....

Good luck with the pup...

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I never train my dogs together. You can't focus on both dogs at once so your training suffers.

It's a lot of work and time consuming to seriously train more than one dog at a time. It's hard, but if you go into it knowing this in advance, you can do it. I can't remember the last time I did anything that wasn't dog related......

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yea that's all very true, and I haven't thought of it. It's going to cause some grey areas with the dog doing long down when I work on recall, etc.

I guess one in (the crate) one out (training) is what I'll do...
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I am currently working 3 dogs. I agree with Frank that it is not fair to put one dog in the down and try to work the other. Crate one while the other works.

Working more than one dog at a time is tiring both physically and mentally especially when it is hot out or you have just tracked all three too. My 3 dogs are different from each other and each needs different things from me as their partner. Sometimes you will find that taking a short break between each dog helps and makes it easier to focus on what each dog needs.

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Also, keeping a log can help a lot. When I started tracking more than 2 dogs I realized my memory in tracking was not as good. If I write down/map each track after I finish laying them it helps me remember where my turns and articles are located.

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I train mine together but I have to admit it is difficult because all they wanna do is play with each other and I feel so left out / ignored...But I think it's a good way to go. It teaches them that YOU are in charge, not other dogs or other people. I make myself more tempting to keep focus on by keeping treats in my fanny pack/pocket.
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