First, things are going great! The IPO club is like an hour and half away from me, and technically I can only go every other Saturday since I have my kids every other weekend. But, I've been having so much fun that I grab my oldest daughter, bring her with, and shell out for a sitter for my boys. Won't be able to do that long term financially, but the fundamentals are at that stage where they are coming together so well I hate to miss.
I definitely started on the back foot with this dog. I have never done any sport (always had trained dogs in the manners and listening department, but never the sport stuff). Valor was 9 months old when we started and had some typical for his lines suspicion. He will always have that in him, but it is very controlled now and his confidence is going up so nicely with age (he is almost a year) and training. We have learned everything out of order really..but it is coming together now.
My club has trials coming up. We are not old enough for BH yet, but I will be going to watch and learn.
He has the on leash BH pattern down. We haven't tried off leash yet, but I am pretty optimistic. His long down is GREAT. Sit and down in motion, good. Fuss is good, his ass end no longer kicks out like a race car drafting lol That was stuff I had to fix with my body language. And I had to lose the sunglasses even though I HATE squinting. It was contributing to forging.
So when i say he has the BH pattern down, I mean he knows it, but we are still using tug reward. Mostly just drop and possession at this point(not me playing hard with him). We can go all the way down field in both longer paced fuss segments, but he does still get jackpot rewards. Any advice on good ways/times to phase out the tug? Actually any advice on timing rewards and phasing out would be welcome.
He has to at least October maybe November before we get to try for BH. In the meantime in addition to what we have to do for BH we are practicing protection and this week we will start him on tracking.
He does great on bite work. We are just starting blinds and long bites. He is completely neutral to gunfire.
Oh another question- what does it mean when the dog wants to go at the helper even after the sleeve is off? Like, he "wins" the sleeve and then outs nicely for me. After he outs he wants to go at the helper before I kick it back to helper and before he puts the sleeve back on and before the helper (IDK the right terminology) postures? There was some discussion over that and would love other independent opinions/experiences with that.
Thanks all! Just got learned up on some new to me video editing software, but I only have cell phone video to work with. Going to bring the big cameras next weekend and set them up, and see if I can make cool videos