I think you will find that most clubs will expect you to do your own training. They will,help with putting the event together that you need to train. Things like how to present your dog in heeling exercises. How to work retrieves. They won’t be much interested in standard obediencevtraining. They aren’t going to say here is how to train sit, down, stand, long down and other obedience requirements as though you were in a beginner obedience class.
They will help you by saying your dog isn’t sitting square and they may guide you to what the rules require. They may give tips or suggestions on how to do a send out. It will be up to you to do the physical training. At club meetings you will get to take the field and do run throughs to show your progress. Here they will help,out some. You need to be well versed on the rules. It will be to your advantage to attend as many trials as you can. There may be seminars so go to them too.
Tracking will be up to you. They may give you some pointers but getting out and doing the work will be up to you. This is where going to trials will show you what is required for the event. Keep in mind that the dog will know what his nose is for. It will be up to you to show him how to use it for the trial work. I found tracking to be the most fun. It allowed me to get out in the fields and really get down on the ground with my dog. It’s incredibly time consuming training. You will get sun burned, wet and really chilled. The dog will,love ever moment of it.
Be aware there are lots of people who think they know tracking that have a hard time with google maps. Read up on dog tracking. I won some really good dinner bets on challenges that some thought they could hide from my dog.
Decide what commands you will use. I always liked the German commands as they are one word and mostly guttural. Have some fun looking up the translations. As English we use Add meaning to words that aren’t in the dictionary. German is the same. It’s not required to use German but I felt it was easier for me.
All of the sport only allows single word commands. You can not use the dog’s name, that is a double command and a point or score deduction. Don’t give points away, you will lose enough just working your dog.
Protection work with pups is where you will get help as it will be nearly impossible for you to do,protection work yourself. It’s critical not to make mistakes here. Most good clubs will not let beginner helpers work pups. Expect your working time to be very short. 5 minutes. Maybe 3-4 times during the day. This part of the training is most important as it will shape the dog’s behavior for his life. A well trained dog here is so confident in himself that few things are a threat or will disturb him. He will be a pleasure to just take for a walk.
You will need perfect crate training. The crate is never to be used as punishment. It’s reward time and cool down time. Have plenty of water for your dog and shade. A cooling fan on the crate is a good idea.
A reward based training program is what you need. The dog shoul like tugs and balls. Use these for rewards. Lots of pets and gentle conversation with your dog. Keep in mind that the dog must want to be out with you above all else. Being on the field and working happily is what you want the dog to present.
Don’t expect over night progress or for things to,happen quickly. It takes time to do all these things. I’m not sure on the age rules but I think the dog needs to be 18 months for BH and maybe 20 months to 2 years for IPO 1.
Do join the national organization. You will get access to more info on the sport.
That’s about it in a brief nut shell.
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