Titan just turned 15 months and I'm looking at trying for his BH in February. There is a trial about 5 hours away and it would be my first time trailing a dog.
We still have some things to work on like his long down, and his focus during heel work.
How far away do I have to stand from him in the long down?
He does okay, but last weekend at training, he broke when the person doing OB did a recall facing him, so we have that to work on. Also, him engaging me during his heel. He also will sit crooked sometimes during recall so we need to work on that.
But tell me about the first time you trialled your dog. How did it go? We're you nervous at all?
I'm worried about failing, to be honest. Or embarrassing myself, or both.
Should I sweat the small stuff?
The new trainer I, working with is helping me with the focusing, and I, trying to find places other than training to practice our long down.
Can you give me any advice? I Do plan on going out and enjoying myself and my dog, but I would be a little disappointed in myself if we didn't pass.
I feel like he has all the potential to do well, I just don't have all the tools to teach him. But I'm working with people who do