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Location: Northern British Columbia
A lot of the puppy work in Schutzhund is developing drive, attitude, engagement, enthusiasm for work. Precise, controlled obedience will come later, as an extension of that drive and enthusiasm. Pups needs to feel that they are in charge of the game, and making things happen. This builds confidence in them. Your control is subtle, timed to make it look like pup made the decisions on her own, and made the right decision. This also builds confidence for decision making and working at a distance from you.
For example, making him out the tug soon after winning it, may give her the message that she wasn't supposed to have it in the first place. This doubt may translate into soft, shallow grips. By letting her possess the tug, you making believe you want it, but not strong/fast enough to get it back from her, will build her satisfaction on having and owning the tug - increases its value, making her work harder to get it next time.
Pet obedience classes are great for learning how to train a dog, but the aim is simply to teach certain exercises and to have the dogs comply. Schutzhund is developing a working mentality. Follow your Schutzhund trainer's advice and way of working. Some of this may not make much sense right now, but there is method to all that madness, and you will get to see the results down the line.
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Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015