Hi Everyone! I have fell in love with IPO about a year ago, but have waited for the right time to get a pup. I think that I am ready to get one, but I really don't want to screw this up so I thought I would come onto here and ask my questions to make sure. If you can answer any of these I would really appreciate it!
1. Can you give me a daily schedule that you use
2. How much of your training is "official," and how much is making them work for dinner etc
3. How much straight up walking/running do you do for them?
4. Any tips that I should know so that my puppy can have a super solid base?
5. Beginning protection tips?
6. Crated overnight as an adult dog?
7. Raw food diet?
Thanks so much!
Hi. Sorry no one has answered you. I didn't even see your post.
First and foremost, find a good club.
1. The schedule varies dog to dog and also what level of training the dog is at. Our club meets 2-4 times per week and I try to make it to at least 2 if not all of the sessions (depends on my schedule). Then I track 3-4 times per week, do obedience a couple of times outside of the club so 4 - 5 days per week or so.
2.I don't work my dogs for their meals. I pick puppies that have very high food drive. If we are tracking that day, I do feed a smaller breakfast. I also do try to keep my dogs lean so they aren't bored with their food.
3. They need conditioning so if they will swim I swim them 3X per week in the spring/summer/fall. Otherwise we do a lot of walks around my land up and down the hills. Maybe some ball play, but I try to be very careful with that. I also will bike. Sometimes I do things like run blinds.
4. Get them out to see the world. They don't need to be touched by everyone or play with other dogs, but they do need to learn to function around them. No dog parks. Let them be puppies, but also get a good foundation on them. Look into Dave Kroyer's videos. He has excellent videos on teaching your puppy to think and learn.
5. Find a club. As an inexperienced person, you can do far more harm than good. No work is much better than bad work. First, though, get a pup with the right genetics. If the genetics are excellent, there isn't really much that you would need to do.
6. My adults rotate sleeping on my bed. My current dog sleeps on the bed at night unless she is in heat. My puppies are crated. They are crated while at club and usually before we do any training on our own.
7. I am a very long time raw feeder (almost 20 years). It can be a huge pain for traveling and if you are going to use meals for training and tracking. I use hotdogs for tracking and sometimes a bit of kibble (junk food, LOL) or I have cut up cooked gizzards and hearts too, but the hot dogs are so much easier. I use cheddar cheese for obedience.