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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-25-2013, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Best time to start trialling

Hi all,

I am just wondering what you all think is the best age to start trialling your dog in obedience?

My GSD is 6 months old and I am thinking of starting trialling him in December/ January in the CCD (community companion dog here is Australia is the first title you can go for) He is very stable and has a lovely nature and I am thinking if he continues to improve he may be ready to go by then. I don't expect great things but thought why not.

People have told me though I shouldn't think of trialling him till he's at least 2.

Also wondering if anyone know of people who do private obedience trialling training in Sydney, so I can test my dog first before entering and learn some ring craft experience?

Thanks Candace.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-25-2013, 07:54 PM
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You can start whenever you want, but...most wait until they are two. I think their little brains work better by then.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-25-2013, 11:18 PM
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Candace- I entered my GSD in her first trial last weekend (she is 1 yr) and she did much better than I expected...BUT there were definite draw backs for me having such a young dog. This is only my case, story and opinion but Sadie was very easily distracted and initially she was a bit stressed. Those would be my 2 concerns with such a young pup, but yours may have a much better attention span than my Sadie I would keep up the training and realistically enter when you're ready, just know your expectations. I knew Sadie and I weren't going to win I just thought of it as "we've gotta start somewhere". Whatever you decide good luck!! Keep us posted


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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-26-2013, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! I don't expect to go fantastic on the first go I am sure my nerves will be shot but if he keeps going as well as he is now I think I will give it a go at the end of the year.
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I start Rally training and trialing about 1 year old. Obedience trialing is whenever they are ready, of course.

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