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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-20-2014, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Too soon for IPO/ScH?

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I am a new owner of a 12 week old GSD (first time owner of GSD as well). I am visiting a club tonight to get the feel for training and whether Ivy and I would be a good fit. My question is: Am i being premature? Is it too soon to get her involved in training? Do I need to wait until she is a certain age? I am thankful for any advice.
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You can start training as early as you want-- purely motivationally on the obed & tracking.

My concern would be whether your puppy has had all of her shots yet at 12 weeks. Please ask your vet if it's ok for her to be around other dogs.

The protection phase will be fun rag play with the other puppies.

Does Ivy like tug games?
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I would talk to the club and see what they say about when to start her and what you should be doing with her.

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not all clubs want puppies. Our has a bunch of puppies. It is fun watching them grow into the sport. We started just before the third set of shots. Watch the trainer. See how they feel about the extra work of puppies. See if you like hanging out with the folks in the club. You'll be seeing them at least once a week so you have to enjoy their company.

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I hadn't thought of that--some clubs not being puppy friendly.

In any case, you can be teaching Ivy her basic obedience commands using food or a toy, wgphichever she likes better.
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I reached out to a club director and was invited to observe last evening. There were quite a few puppies there, which was reassuring for me. Wow. Watching the dogs work reinforced the reason I wanted this breed in the first place. I was treated warmly and welcomed. I have 2 other clubs to check out, but what is clear is that I am hooked! I cannot wait to get started!
Ivy is up to date on shots- thanks for the guidance. I will post progress reports!
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Sounds like a great first experience. IPO/SchH is very addicting so beware. LOL

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Sounds like a great first experience. IPO/SchH is very addicting so beware. LOL

Yes, but it's a good addiction!

I'll be waiting to hear about Ivy's first night of traning. You will also want to find out where & when members meet to track, generally in the mornings.
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We brought our pup out to our regular meeting this weekend. He gets excited when he starts seeing us into our field clothes. If we get on the computers a bit before heading out he flops down onto the floor and huffs.

He did well in tracking, was a bit lazy in obedience (partly the handler's fault, partly the heat) and rocked protection.
Hopefully your dog will get excited about it, too.

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I will certainly post our experience on "the first day of school". I assume I'll just need a leash/collar early on? Any other initial equipment needed at this stage of the training?
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