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!