I am almost finished with a book "Training Your German Shepherd" by: Dan Rice D.V.M. In the book it covers obedience, scenting, tracking, herding, and search and rescue.
My question is this: what is the easiest of these specialties to teach my dog? My puppy is male, 4 months old. He finds things, such as his [email protected]
toy packed with food; everywhere I place it in the house. Outside walking... he seems to use his eyes more than anything. He doesn't have much interest in sniffing. He is pure breed.
Couple of other things: when we got him, he was very shy. He still doesn't bark much. He's on the lower end of energy. I walk him twice a day (app 1 mile each walk) and he sleeps a lot. As for tug-of-war, he doesn't show much interest. He loves to bit my fingers though!!! One other thing... he eats his food so fast... he gets the hiccups. I have been hiding his food, in order to slow his eating process. So he's using his nose in the house.
Any help would be appreciated. I would like for him to have a certain skill, more to keep him mentally stimulated. I just want to be sure and start off with the right skill. In this book... it stresses "obedience training, can cause your dog to fail in other fields..."
So I'm wondering, because he's very obedient! We pass other dogs, people, and distractions. He doesn't show much interest. He stays either one step behind me, or next to my side. I'm very honored to have such an awesome breed to walk, love, and accept into my family. I'd just love to have a skill for him.
Thanks so Much
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