Thanks for all the advice/tips etc.
I'm sorry you had a bad day. Too bad your club or group isn't more supportive in offering some help in obedience. If you are feeling intimidated(or judged) then I'm sure your emotions are going down the leash.
I've spun my wheels so much that I lost a couple years with my dog!
I think if the obedience session wasn't good, it carried over to the protection.
Recently, I started 2x's a week with 'pay to play" trainer, and he wants me to bring my dog in tugging and in drive for every ob session, and not be so trial formal! It's working. I do what he suggests when I go to my club, and there has been progress in 10 sessions.
Maybe getting with one of your clubs trainers for one on one or more sessions may help during this hump?
Berlin is still young, so don't get discouraged and try to enjoy the ride
If it was as hot in your area as it was here, I don't blame him for pitching a fit about crating....these drastic cold to HOT temps aren't good for the dogs wearing those fur suits. Do you run a crate fan?
Well, they just are all getting ready to trial in the up coming months, and are focusing on their own dogs, which I dont blame em...the person who usually helps me and guides me along was out of town this week. So, i'm hoping next week will go better when I have some help. What do you do for this pay to play thing? Like obedience, and the reward is tugging etc? Cause thats what I usually do...and I make it fun for him, but today he just was not interested. Thanks for the advice, I have to remind myself he's still a puppy, even though he doesnt look like one anymore..And yeah, it was HOT today, 86..and just not too long ago it was way cooler! I was sweating, so i'm sure he was uncomfortable. I do not run a crate fan...I have been looking into one to buy, and found one on all-k9 i believe? Just concerned with him eating it/destroying it if he gets bored. Does it go outside or inside the crate?
Maybe step back from the sport and concentrate on obedience first? Before my dog ever even tried out for the sport, she went through 4 obedience classes. I wouldn't even throw the new dog out there for at least a year. They also told me that even though she had it when she was evaluated, that could change in a month, a year, etc. Some dogs have it and some don't, some owners have it and some don't. It doesn't make sense for you to put everything into it if the dog is not enjoying himself. Today it was hot and just icky out, maybe that is part of it, but maybe he just isn't interested in the sport? Maybe he was just having a bad day, but it will be up to you to decide if its for him or not. You have a beautiful dog and if this sport is not for him, you will find one that is. The most important thing is that both of you enjoy it and have fun.
See thats the thing, his obedience is stellar usually. I have been working on it for 7-8 months now...and he's been in a few classes already. He just gets bored easily, especially when there are other exciting things going on (other dogs, new people, new smells, females in heat, strange males etc etc etc...). Berlin enjoys it, today maybe not, but for the past two months he has. For me, him having fun and enjoying it the most important thing. If he wasn't, I'd stop in a heartbeat. The first few times I took him I paid close attention to how HE enjoyed it...and if he even did. He was doing great, loving it, was so proud of himself...so I dont think thats the problem. I think IM the problem.
There is just SO much more that goes into this sport than I thought, and when you are out there, you have to think in the moment, and theres so much going on, and its just hard when your a total newbie at it. But, I am taking the time to read books, read online etc, as much as I can so I can get better, because maybe my un-sureness out there is affecting him? I dunno, but we'll see how next week goes, and see if it was just an off day for him or not...
Ugh, I hear ya. In fact this couldn't be a more perfect thread for me to read today. Had IPO training this morning, we are currently working "foos." Man oh man, Nox has a habit of dropping his head right when I move forward. So I am having to break it down into every millisecond. I had to give him the body language of moving forward (leaning forward while giving the command) and correct immediately, then release for the toy after I got focus. Sounds so freaking easy right?! But when you are in it, it's really hard to bring together everything, leash handling, eye contact, correction, position, body language, timing...sigh...I was so frustrated and felt like such a fool doing it over and over, with ME messing up everything more than the dog.
I know some may disagree with how I dealt with the kennel. It worked for my dog. He liked his kennel, would go into it and lay down throughout the day and slept in it fine at night without any whining or barking whatsoever! The only reason he was doing it at the training was because he didn't WANT to be in the kennel. Same with being in the kennel at home while I was out and about walking around. He was also stress yawning and panting, which isn't good for a dog. Now it isn't an issue at all. hth, and hope the next day goes better! ;-)
The bolded part, could not agree with you more. Thats where I am struggling, with me. LOL. And I just need to figure out what my dogs likes, what makes him work...which doesnt happen over night. And for the kennel, I never realized until now...but his crate at home, he is ONLY in it when no one is home, or when he goes in there on his own to sleep at night. I never crate him when I am home....so he's never in there and sees me walking around walking away etc. That may work...I'll have to try that out. Thanks for the tips! Glad to hear that your training day got better